All of the many varieties of thyme contain the same medicinal properties, which makes choosing the proper plants for the garden a bit easier. Creeping thyme makes a good ground cover. It's attractive and releases a lovely scent when crushed. It's said that the more you walk on creeping thyme, the better it grows, so keep it in mind as a border, especially in a raised herb garden.
Whether you grow or purchase thyme for cooking, medicinal use, decorating or homemade crafts for holiday gifts, make sure you have enough to dry and have on hand for that last minute inspiration or bracing cup of tea.
Give a gourmet flavor boost to rice, or perk up chicken or fish with homemade thyme butter. Stores easily in the refrigerator or freezer.
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup crushed parsley
1/2 cup celery leaves (chopped)
1/2 tsp. each of garlic powder, marjoram and sage
dash of pepper
1-1/2 tsp. fresh or dried thyme
When purchasing fresh herbs for the Thanksgiving turkey, get a few extra sprigs of thyme to use as holiday decorations or as herbal homemade gifts. Tuck them into your kitchen wreath, or even the Christmas wreath on your front door to treat your guests to a welcoming aroma to trigger memories of holiday meals past.
Rub thyme butter into the turkey.
photo by David Lat