Wild Thyme, Wild Dried Herbs from Spartan Land, Dried Herbs from Mount Taygetus
Wild Thyme, Greek Herbs, Cooking Herbs from Mount Parnonas, Sparta Greece, Greek Food, Natural Thyme, 28 (1oz)
Carefully harvested by hand.
Package of 28 gr, sun-dried.
The quantity corresponds to a slightly above average annual consumption of an aspiring cook. Store in a dry and dark place and enjoy your thymes taste for at least 24 months.
Thyme enhances the flavor of olive oil, pickled olives, butter, vinegar, meats, poultry, fish, soups and stews, and vegetable dishes. Fresh garden salads as well as stuffed baked vegetables benefit from the addition of thyme. It can also be added to breads, cookies, and spoon sweets.
- Origin & Mythology -
In mythical folklore, thyme flowers were full of perfume and nectar for the bees, traditionally the messengers of the faery world. The bower of the Fairy Queen Titania in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is described as being in "...a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows...".
Thyme is native to the Mediterranean, and historical records attribute, in part, the naming of the thyme plant to Theophrastus, 3rd century B.C.E. Greek philosopher and naturalist. Ancient Greeks believed thyme and its extracts could restore vigor and mental acuity. They burned it as a religious incense to give them courage. It was an ingredient in ritual altar fires, to purify the sacrifices to the gods. Thyme was burned as an incense at funerals and placed in the coffin of the dead in the belief that the soul of the deceased took up residence in the flowers of the thyme plant, and that thyme assured the passage of the deceased into the afterlife.