Saturday, June 17, 2006

No Time for Thyme

No Time for Thyme

The plant for Prairial 28 is Thyme and I would have loved to write about Thyme, but I didn’t have time. My favorite use of Thyme is as a seasoning on buttered carrots. I slice the carrots, steam them lightly, toss them in a frying pan full of butter and sprinkle them with thyme. Yum.

1 comment:

April said...

This is what I know of Thyme:
History/Region of Origin
Ancient Greeks considered Thyme a symbol of courage and sacrifice. Tradition tells that Thyme was in the straw bed of the Virgin Mary and the Christ child. In the Middle Ages, ladies would embroider a sprig of Thyme into scarves they gave to their errant knights. At various periods in history, Thyme has been used to treat melancholy, reproductive system ailments, and to improve digestion. In the 18th century, it was recommended as a cure for a hangover.
The Romans always knew a good thing when they saw it and it was grown by them for use as a cough remedy, as a digestive aid and for intestinal worms. For the same reason Charlemagne ordered the plant to be grown in his imperial palaces, but also recognised its uses in cooking chiefly for its meat preserving qualities. By medieval times it was widely known for its anticeptic qualities and by the 17th centuary thyme oil, under the name of Oil of Origanum, was freely available from apothecary shops. In the medieval period it was also associated with courage and knights would embroider it on their clothes as an emblem. Scottish highlanders would make a drink using Thyme to instill the courageous virtue in them and Wild Thyme is the emblem of the Drummond Clan.