Antiseptic. Known as “farigoule” in Provençal, thyme is a perennial plant with small pink flowers that grows in Mediterranean scrublands. Believed by the Greeks to improve brain activity, it was often depicted being collected by bees on medieval embroidery.
Thyme is ideal in the kitchen for flavouring marinades, stews, sauces, ratatouilles and fish soups or perfecting the seasoning of grilled meats. It is also appreciated as a herbal tea, with one teaspoon per cup infused in hot water for five minutes.