About Dried Thyme Leaves
Dried thyme leaves are used in many cuisines worldwide, from French and Greek to Cajun and Caribbean. It’s one of a handful of herbs that are actually preferred dry over fresh in many cases. Dried thyme has a strong flavor that comes across as lemony, earthy, smokey, with hints of pine and a floral aroma.
Dried thyme is often used in meat dishes as well as fish and poultry recipes. It can also be a lovely addition to your soups, sauces, stews, and roasted vegetables. Dried thyme leaves are a key ingredient in popular spice blends such as Za’atar, Cajun Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, Herbs de Provence, and Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.
Fresh thyme vs dried thyme: a good rule to follow — use a third of the amount of dried thyme leaf when substituting for fresh thyme. For example, 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme = 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves.
About the thyme plant:
Thyme — also referred to as common thyme, German thyme, or garden thyme — is a flowering herb native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. The thyme plant grows to be about a foot tall with small, highly aromatic leaves and flowers that are either pink or purple.