A green herb with small leaves on stems. Thyme has an earthy aroma and flavor.
Native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia.
European colonists brought thyme to the Americas sometime before the 18th century.
Thyme contains the chemical compound “thymol” which acts as an antiseptic and is used today in some mouthwash, hand sanitizer, and acne medication.
“A Brief History of Thyme” by Beth Dunn (2018) https://www.history.com/news/a-brief-history-of-thyme
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)
The Oxford Companion to Food. 3rd ed., by Alan Davidson and edited by Tom Jaine (2014)
“Thyme” from Encyclopedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/plant/thyme