From the Herb Garden: Lemon Thyme

We were late to a local plant sale and were disappointed to find that they'd sold out of regular thyme. That is, until an apologetic salesperson suggested a lemon thyme plant instead. We remembered this plant from a round-up of lemon-scented herbs a few weeks ago, and immediately scooped it up. Sometimes being late is a good thing!

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This plant looks just like regular thyme - until you crush a few of its leaves and breath in its sweet, lemony aroma. It smells so good that I've taken to keeping a few sprigs in a small glass vase next to my computer where I work. It's a great afternoon pick-me-up!

In cooking, I've started to realize that it's the best of both worlds. It delivers a soft herbal thyme flavor along with a subtle essence of lemon, all without any of the bitterness we sometimes get from regular thyme. Lemon thyme is really terrific in any dish that calls for both of those ingredients - which is to say, just about everything!

If you find yourself in position of a few sprigs or a whole plant of lemon-thyme, try it in one of these dishes:

Pork Meatballs with Lemon and Thyme
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
Lemon Yogurt Cake with Ginger-Thyme Syrup
Peach and Thyme Polenta Tart

How do you use your lemon thyme?

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(Image: Emma Christensen)