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Spice Descriptions and Uses

Thyme - thymus vulgaris

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The numbers of varieties of thyme are close to a hundred. We feature just one here. It is a wonderful companion to many foods and herbs and is used to make Benedictine liqueur.

Flavour:

Warm, aromatic and slightly pungent, with background hints of mint and woodiness.

How to Use:

Meat, poultry, fish, stuffings, vegetables, seafood, rice, casseroles, stews, soups, tomato sauces, breads and clam chowder. Sprinkle generously on a steak while cooking in butter for a wonderful flavour. Incorporate in ground beef for burgers. Thyme is an herb that aids the digestion of fatty foods and is therefore highly useful when preparing lamb, pork, duck and goose. It is also a must in a bouquet garni.

Measuring:

Chicken 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 cup flour for dredging chicken

Clam Chowder Dash to 1/2 teaspoon in 2 cups

Lamb Dry rub1 to 2 teaspoons (can also add sage and rosemary)

Biscuits 1/2 teaspoon in a mix for 12 biscuits

Barbecue sauce 1 teaspoon in 4 cups

Medicinal uses: headaches, nightmares, asthma, lung problems, stomach cramps, bronchitis, cough,

Other info:

Goes well with rosemary, sage, parsley and lemon.

Thyme, ground

Nutrient

Units

1 tsp

-------

1.40 g

Proximates

Water

g

0.109

Energy

kcal

3.864

Energy

kj

16.184

Protein

g

0.128

Total lipid (fat)

g

0.104

Carbohydrate, by difference

g

0.895

Fiber, total dietary

g

0.518

Ash

g

0.164

Minerals

Calcium, Ca

mg

26.460

Iron, Fe

mg

1.730

Magnesium, Mg

mg

3.080

Phosphorus, P

mg

2.814

Potassium, K

mg

11.396

Sodium, Na

mg

0.770

Zinc, Zn

mg

0.087

Copper, Cu

mg

0.012

Manganese, Mn

mg

0.110

Selenium, Se

mcg

0.064

Vitamins

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

mg

0.700

Thiamin

mg

0.007

Riboflavin

mg

0.006

Niacin

mg

0.069

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.017

Folate, total

mcg

3.836

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.000

Vitamin A, IU

IU

53.200

Vitamin A, RE

mcg_RE

5.320

Vitamin E

mg_ATE

0.024

Lipids

Fatty acids, total saturated

g

0.038

4:0

g

0.000

6:0

g

0.000

8:0

g

0.003

10:0

g

0.002

12:0

g

0.003

14:0

g

0.002

16:0

g

0.024

18:0

g

0.004

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

g

0.007

16:1 undifferentiated

g

0.000

18:1 undifferentiated

g

0.007

20:1

g

0.000

22:1 undifferentiated

g

0.000

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

g

0.017

18:2 undifferentiated

g

0.007

18:3 undifferentiated

g

0.010

18:4

g

0.000

20:4 undifferentiated

g

0.000

20:5 n-3

g

0.000

22:5 n-3

g

0.000

22:6 n-3

g

0.000

Cholesterol

mg

0.000

Phytosterols

mg

2.282

Amino acids

Tryptophan

g

0.003

Threonine

g

0.004

Isoleucine

g

0.007

Leucine

g

0.006

Lysine

g

0.003

Valine

g

0.007