Storage Tips: Store fresh Lemon Thyme wrapped in a dampened paper towel in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or stand sprigs in a glass filled with 1 inch of water on the refrigerator shelf.
When cooking with Lemon Thyme, you should strip the leaves from the stems because sometimes they can be woody and tough to chew, but for storage, keep the leaves on the stems to maintain freshness.
Usage Ideas: Lemon Thyme pairs well with chicken and fish, so try this easy marinade: Combine 2 Tbsp chopped lemon thyme with 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1 Tbsp honey, ½ cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix with 1 lb chicken breasts and marinate on the counter for up to 1 hour (if marinating longer, store in the refrigerator). Remove the chicken and bake in a 350 oven for 20-25 minutes, basting with the extra marinade throughout.
Add 2 Tbsp chopped Lemon Thyme to your favorite biscuit recipe and serve the baked biscuits warm with honey and butter for a sweet and savory side dish.
Fun Facts: While Lemon Thyme may look identical to the commonly known English Thyme, it has a very different, distinct, lemon flavor and aroma. It can even be used in place of lemon juice or zest in recipes (1)
There are over one hundred varieties of thyme, with the most common being English (Garden) Thyme and Lemon Thyme, all of which are members of the mint family (12)
While thyme has been known for its antiseptic properties, recent studies indicate that certain varieties of thyme may also help strengthen the immune system (3)