Spice: Thyme

For thousands of years, thyme has been a superstar of the herb garden. As an antidote for poison, a plague preventative, a symbol of bravery in battle and a stalwart companion to the grave, thyme has a far more storied past than you’d think if you were walking past it in the supermarket today. Thyme is widely used as a treatment for food poisoning that is why it’s mostly consumed before and after a meal. For this very reason, this herb in particular was a favorite by the emperors. Thyme is also associated with bravery, back in the days, soldiers exchange twigs of thyme as a symbol of honor and courage, most soldiers would just cram these fragrant charms into their pockets or purses, but some were known to attach thyme to their clothing or armor as a visible badge of honor. When worn into battle, thyme might serve double duty: used as an embalming herb since the time of the Egyptians, it was thought to be a powerful aid to those making their passage into the next life.

Thyme has many benefits for our health, it doesn’t just make our food taste good, but it also make us feel better. Thyme has over 400 subspecies, and each subspecies give different health benefits. One of these benefits, is that thyme is believed and proven to lower blood pressure level, in a study, a specie of thyme found in Pakistan and Afghanistan is said to significantly reduce heart rates with high blood pressure and also it lowers the cholesterol level. Another health benefit of thyme is that it boost our immunity, thyme in general is packed with both vitamin A and C, which is needed daily by our body, thyme infused tea or drinks are good to recover colds. Also thyme is a good source of copper, manganese, iron and fiber. Lastly and for me the most important benefit of thyme is that it can boost our mood. In a 2013 study, a substance called carvacrol is found in thyme extract, this substance is said to boost our neuron activity in ways that boosted the subject’s well-being. Just smelling thyme alone can make you feel a lot better, knowing that most students are bombarded with lessons and projects resulting to stress.

I chose thyme as my herb because it’s a staple in our industry, it is doesn’t just make our food taste good but it is packed with health benefit, also I picked thyme because I want people to be more aware that this simple herb have many wonders to offer. Thyme is readily accessible to anyone, it can be bought to almost any super market or if not you can grow it in your own homes.

 

Thyme Infused Pear Sorbet

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Ingredients

1 cup water                                    3pcs pear

1  cup sugar                                   1 twig of thyme

 

Method

1. Cut the pears into smaller pieces, leave the skin on

2. Put all the ingredients in a saucepot, and simmer for an hour or two or until pears are fork tender

3. You can either puree or mash the pears with fork, transfer to a container together with the syrup and then freeze for 2hours.

4. The mixture must be like a shaved ice when scraped with spoon, serve and enjoy.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iumOTTBJHcs&feature=youtu.be

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyme

http://www.ourherbgarden.com/herb-history/thyme.html

https://nicolacottingham.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/a-brief-history-of-thyme/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/thyme-herb.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=77

http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme

 

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