Greek Thyme: Cooking and Medicinal Info

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Thyme is a popular herb that is used in Greek cooking. Many households grow their own in pots and in their gardens, and both the fresh and dried versions of this herb can be purchased in the markets. Those Greek cooks who use thyme regularly say that it gives the dishes a special “touch” that can’t be achieved with any other herb. It’s most often used as a way to complement other herbs in the dish. Thyme has been used in Greece in both food and medicine since ancient times.

Where is Thyme from in Greece?

Thyme is a native plant to the Mediterranean and it grows wild throughout Greece. It’s also cultivated and can be found in the fresh or dried form at markets throughout the country. It’s also commonly grown in home gardens and in pots so that people could pick exactly the amount that they need for the dish they’re cooking.

How Does Thyme Taste?

Thyme is very similar in flavor to Greek oregano, except it’s a little milder. Although it can be used as a substitute for oregano, it is more often used to complement it. However, if there is no oregano on hand, thyme is a worthwhile substitute. The leaves are used in cooking, and the leaves, flowers, and volatile oil are used in herbal medicine.

What Greek Recipes Use Thyme?

Kakavia, Mussel Soup, Ladolemono

What are the Herbal Remedies for Thyme?

Thyme has a specific action on the respiratory system and is commonly used for complaints such as coughs and asthma. It can also help relieve congestion and is used for sinus congestion and pain. Thyme can be helpful with gastrointestinal complaints as well, such as stomachaches, diarrhea, and flatulence. Some find it helpful against skin disorders, such as acne.

Interesting Facts About Thyme

Thyme has been used in Greece since ancient times and it has a long history as a culinary herb. However, the Ancient Greeks also used it in unexpected ways. For instance, they were fond of using thyme leaves and flowers to perfume their bathwater. In their society, if someone were to smell like thyme, it meant that they were elegant, refined, and of the upper class. The Greeks also commonly burned thyme in sacred temples.

Sources:

Wikipedia – Thyme

WebMD – Thyme

Many Greek recipes are different based on the region of Greece and family traditions, so uses of the herbs and spices contained on this page may vary. Also, GreekBoston.com does not provide medical advice and the information provided here is for informational purposes only. This isn’t a medical site, please consult with your physician. The medicinal health information is based on anecdotal evidence and Greek history.

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