Thymus vulgaris

Thyme: Thymus vulgaris

Colorado's growing conditions make thyme easy to grow. This standard kitchen herb has attractive, green foliage and edible, lavender flowers. Harvest cooking thyme by cutting two to three inches of stem tips. Thyme can be used fresh or dry.

With it's penetrating fragrance, thyme is a wonderful addition to bean, egg and vegetable dishes. Thyme leaves are curled, elliptically shaped and very small. They measure about one-eighth of an inch long and one-sixteenth of an inch wide. The upper leaf is green-grey in color on top, while the underside is a whitish color.

Tie fresh sprigs of parsley and bay leaves together with thyme for a "bouquet garni".  This French combination of herbs is used to season stock, stews and soups.