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Lemon thyme is a small, shrub-like herb with tiny leaves growing in clusters along multi-branched stems. Mature stems become woody at the base and the tops are tender and light green. The leaves are lance-shaped, slightly elliptical, and are extremely small, measuring only 1 millimeter in size. The herb looks relatively identical to English thyme; where it differs is in its aroma and taste. Natural compounds in Lemon thyme, like limonene and thymol, give the herb a citrusy flavor. The lemon flavor can mask some of the bitterness typically present in garden thyme. During the summer months, flowers with small, two-lipped, lilac blossoms appear at the ends of the stems. The flowers will remain until the weather gets cool. Lemon thyme flowers have the same smell and flavor of the leaves.
Lemon thyme is available year-round.
Lemon thyme is a popular aromatic and seasoning herb in the mint family, botanically classified as Thymus citriodorus. The citrus-scented herb is a hybrid of two other varieties of thyme: T. pulegioides and garden thyme (T. vulgaris). Lemon thyme is a versatile herb both in the kitchen and throughout the home, and is an important ingredient in both bouquet garnis, a traditional herb bundle for soups, stews and stocks, and Herbes de Provence, a blend of herbs popular in the Provence region of France.
Lemon thyme is rich in iron, as well as vitamins C, D and B-complex. The essential oil in Lemon thyme contains natural compounds that provide antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Lemon thyme tea is often prescribed to children as a respiratory aid for its decongestant and relaxant qualities.
Lemon thyme is a popular culinary herb. It can be used in any recipe that calls for lemon, lemon juice or zest. Use Lemon thyme in marinades for chicken and fish, or add chopped Lemon thyme, salt and pepper, to quartered new potatoes for a citrusy take on roasted potatoes. Fresh leaves can be added to green salads or fruit salads for a hint of citrus. Include Lemon thyme in your herb blends for stocks and soups. The strong lemon flavor of the herb pairs well with baked goods, like shortbread cookies or scones. Infuse syrups, vinegars and ice creams with Lemon thyme, straining the liquid to remove the stems and leaves before using. Store fresh Lemon thyme in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, wrapped in a plastic bag. Dried Lemon thyme will keep for up to six months in an airtight container.
Studies have shown Lemon thyme to be useful as a mosquito repellent, though not nearly as effective as a chemical repellent. The essential oil in Lemon thyme is used for commercial products, like deodorants, mouthwash and disinfectants. Dried Lemon thyme is used in sachets for dresser drawers and closets.
Thyme is native to the rocky, arid mountains in the Mediterranean region, including the south of France, Spain, Italy and parts of northern Africa. The evergreen shrub thrives in the sun and is drought tolerant. Some varieties creep along the ground while others appear more like a tiny shrub with sprigs growing straight upward. Lemon thyme has a couple of botanical synonyms, T. serpyllum citratus and T. serpyllum citriodora.
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Recipes that include Lemon Thyme. One is easiest, three is harder.
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|The Perfect Pantry||Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette|