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#SpiceSpotlight: Thyme

Thyme (pronounced “time”) is used in a variety of cuisines from all across the globe. There are actually around 350 different species of thyme native to Europe, Asia and Africa. The plant that thyme comes from is a perennial shrub with a fine, wood base and square stems that can reach up to approximately 30 cm in length.

This herb includes soft lemony and minty tones that taste earthy without overpowering the palate. In fact, despite thyme’s gentle flavor, the herb has historically been a symbol of bravery and boldness. Ancient Romans were known to burn bundles of thyme before a battle to awaken courage in a soldier’s heart.

Thyme is used to flavor all kinds of dishes! It’s fit for every diet and very rarely considered an allergen. Thyme leaves can be added whole or chopped to a dish at any stage of cooking. However, it’s important to note that longer thyme leaves cook, the more flavor they’ll provide to the meal!

Thyme also contains several active ingredients that are known to promote health and disease prevention. The herb has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and its active compound, thymol, is commonly used in personal hygiene and home sanitization products. It’s also helpful in aromatherapy practices, aiding in relief from respiratory and immune responses.

You can find thyme in many AdapTable Meals products including: Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Chops, Chophouse Blend Pork Ribeye Chops and Mediterranean Herb with Olive Oil Pork Tenderloin. To learn more about how you can use our products that include thyme, check out our meal ideas page to see quick, easy and tasty meal ideas!

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