Monday, July 30, 2007

Weekend Herb Blogging: Lemon Thyme

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I was out one evening with a fabulous and worldly uncle. I said something which must have seemed charmingly (I hope!) na├»ve and dewy-eyed because he turned to me and said, “Oh my god! You are even worse than a hopeless romantic…you’re a hopeful romantic!

A hopeful romantic? I guess I could do worse…

I suppose it was the hopeful romantic in me that stopped by the plant vendor’s stall at the market to look at the little herb pots. I suppose it was that same hopeful romantic that led me to this little one and to inquire about her with the amiable purveyor. Perhaps it was this hopeful romantic that stubbornly believed I could make things grow in my apartment where I have nary a plant box, much less a balcony, much less a garden…where I can’t even open the windows because of the dust. And I’m sure it was this same hopeful romantic who went ahead and purchased the plant when she heard it was lemon thyme (lemon thyme!) and blithely “forgot” the fact that a thyme plant had suffered tragic death in our flat.

But isn’t she lovely? And she smells wonderful!

Lemon Thyme (thymus citriodorus) is a hybrid thyme that has a gorgeous lemony scent and, I’m assuming, flavor (I haven’t tried it yet!). I think it would get on great with fish and chicken, and just about anything you can imagine both lemon and thyme in. It looks like regular thyme but the leaves are edged with a light yellow border. Like regular thyme, it thrives best in full sun, so I have positioned it on a stool by the window, with the blinds angled to beam the sunshine on it.

Lemon thyme also has many medicinal benefits. Some of these are: anti-ageing properties, relieving muscle spasms, aiding the immune system, easing digestion, relieving asthma, and promoting relaxation.

You can find out more about lemon thyme here and here.

If anyone has any tips for caring for this plant your suggestions are exceedingly welcome!

So let’s see…looks pretty, smells good, most likely tastes good, and it’s good for me! Plus I now have an entry for Weekend Herb Blogging*** that actually involves my own herb…which I incidentally bought during the weekend. Now if only it lives long enough for me to be able to harvest a few sprigs, then I’ll have a recipe (or two, or three) to go with it. Here’s hoping!!! :)

back to school ***Weekend Herb Blogging is an event created by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen and she is hosting this week’s round as well :)

19 comments:

christine said...

Ooohh wow! That must smell so good! I can only imagine the flavor it will impart on your future dishes. Can't wait to read about it. :)

katiez said...

When I lived in Andorra, and had a garden the size of a postage stamp, really, the whole thing was less than 1 meter square, I grew my lemon thyme in pots, quite successfuly. It looks like your pot is big enough for it to do well. Let it dry out between waterings and don't be afraid to use it. It'll branch out after you clip it off.
I love using the sprigs to stuff whole fish: sliced lemons and lemon thyme. I also use it in sauces, and, you're right, with chicken. It's one of my favorite herbs.

Anh said...

I adore lemon thyme.... Having herb posts is wonderful you know.. It's really like herb therapy. I fing it so relaxing to look and smell the fragrance of my herbs!

Belinda said...

What a delightful little plant! I hope it thrives in your apartment, and that you get many "sprigs" to play with in lots of tempting recipes. :-)

Kalyn said...

Lovely photo of the lemon thyme. I love the smell of this plant. I think it's relatively easy to grow, especially in a warm place like where you are. Katie has the right idea about snipping off the ends, keep cutting off some to use and you'll get more in the long run.

Besides fish and veggies, I think thyme is also great with a few types of veggies, especially carrots or mushrooms. Have fun! Growing your own herbs is the best.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nens! It does smell good...love it when the smell gets on my fingers :) I hope it survives...at least for a couple of dishes!

Hi Katiez! You lived in Andorra? Wow! :) Thank you so much for sharing all your expert advice! I will certainly need it ;) Good to know my pot looks like the right size :)

Hi Anh! I agree :) It puts a smile on my face when I see it :)

Thank you Belinda! I hope so too!

Thanks Kalyn! And thanks for all the tips...I can definitely use them :) I'm excited to try some out in my cooking!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

This is one wonderful herb. So pretty and the fragrance is heaven! Yes, snip it often. I hope it's happy inside for you!
I used some on scrambled eggs yesterday.

Anonymous said...

I love that you're a hopeful romantic, and one who extends her optimism to the plant world no less. :) I wish I had plant care tips to share but as it is I'm barely keeping our Jasmine plant alive in our dark apartment with windows that don't open and no balcony. So uh, can you let me know if you figure something out? lol

Ari (Baking and Books)

SteamyKitchen said...

At least you're not a delirious romantic like me!

Kelly-Jane said...

For some reason lemon thyme is the only one I can buy here, so I just use it where I'd use regular thyme. It does nave a different flavour, quite strong too :)

A hopeful romantic, sounds good to me!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanna! I agree :) Thanks for the tips...on scrambled eggs sounds lovely :)

Hi Ari! Always hoping for the best :) I see we are sisters in being garden-less! Hang in there Jasmine plant! I will let you know if any horticultural epiphanies happen ;)

Hahaha! You are too funny Jaden! Had to laugh out loud at that :) :)

Hi Kelly-jane! Good for you that you've got it easily accessible :) I can imagine using this in dishes where I use thyme and it lending a little something extra :)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

My lemon thyme bit the dust in the garden where it was in the perfect spot. I didn't snip it often enough so it got woody. Definitely snip away often.

That's a lovely thing for your uncle to say.

veron said...

That's a beautiful thyme plant joey! I'm thankful too for katiez advice since i nearly killed my thyme plant last winter -- had one sprig left. It looks better now...

Rasa Malaysia said...

Ooooh, such beautiful small plant. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Amanda! Sorry to hear about your plant but thanks for the advice! I'll be sure to snip away :)

Hi Veron! Yes, Katiez has got experience alright...I'll probably be asking her for more advice soon! :)

Hi Bee! It's so cute isn't it? It's just a baby :)

Anonymous said...

I grow this in the garden in summer. When the soil dries out water throughly. All herbs adore full sun so give it as much as you can.

I have used this with honey for two different applications. One with roasted veggies especially carrots. The other was a boneless pork chop that I sauteed with honey and lemon thyme until the honey carmelized. It was very good. I have also used it on fish also very good. Have fun I know you'll enjoy cooking with this herb. Karen

ChichaJo said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for popping in and sharing all those tips! It's much appreciated :)

Chris and his Oregano Thyme said...

Hello there! I read that it's very easy to take care of Thyme. You kinda have to "neglect" it. It needs very little water and fertilizer and lots of sun.

Baguio city said...

lemon thyme, seems an aromatic herb i just wonder as to what dish would this herb go well with?