5 Superb Herbs


According to folklore, thyme is a symbol of courage.  Curtis cooks up daring dishes like  — Standing Roast Rib of Beef With Dijon and Garlic and Yorkshire Puddings  — with this herb.  The next time you want to be adventurous in your kitchen, be brave and experiment with this herb.

Origins and Folklore

Thyme dates back to ancient Greece, where it symbolized courage. Roman soldiers bathed in water infused with thyme to gain vigor, courage and strength. 

In the Middle Ages, ladies embroidered a sprig of thyme on the scarves of knights for bravery.

How to Grow

Thyme is indigenous to southern Europe and therefore grows best in a hot, dry climate. Even though it's accustomed to hot surroundings, it can still thrive in a backyard garden. 

Try planting several thyme varieties in a window box for an easy growing experiment. Since thyme is such a hardy herb, it doesn't need much water or fertilizer.

If you want to try growing thyme indoors, use a pot with good drainage — like a strawberry pot — and place it in the kitchen window.


Thyme is considered an essential ingredient in clam chowder, bouquet garni (a bundle of herbs usually tied together with string and mainly used to prepare soup, stock and various stews), and herbes de Provence (a mix of aromatic plants, typically but not always dried). 

This herb is frequently used dried, but its fresh form adds more flavors to a recipe and also makes for an attractive garnish. Before using fresh thyme, remove the grayish leaves from the stem.

Chef Stone's Recipes

Thyme is a versatile accompaniment to many dishes. Try one of Curtis' recipes below to get started using thyme. 

Standing Roast Rib of Beef With Dijon and Garlic and Yorkshire Puddings

Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Risotto of Lobster With Green Peas

Thyme-Roasted Acorn Squash

Salad of Baby Beets With Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

Coq Au Vin