Thyme is the leaf of a low-growing shrub in the mint family called Thymus vulgaris. Its tiny grayish-green leaves rarely are greater than one-fourth inch long. For use as a condiment, Thyme leaves are dried then chopped, or ground. Flavors for this product can range from minty, pine or lemon tasting to licorice. Its color is grayish-green and is similar in texture to flour.
Use to flavor chowders, sausages, soups, stews, sauces, casseroles and meat loaf. Add a sprinkle to white onions, fresh tomatoes, eggplant, celery, roasts, fish, poultry, pork chops, lamb, dips, salad dressings and cheese spreads. Complements Italian and tomato based foods.
For best flavor release, add near the end of the cooking process. Start with 1/8 tsp. per serving and adjust from there.