Summery Flavours: Lemon Thyme

Thymus × citriodorus

(Otherwise known as Lemon Thyme)

Some of my thyme is flowering already.

Thyme to harvest some. Thyme and tide wait for no man. 😉

Lemon Thyme is lovely in salads and, with its attractive variegated leaves, it also looks pretty as a garnish. Herb butters are a good way to preserve the fresh flavours of herbs, and by adding a little lemon or orange zest they can be quite tasty. I have been looking for uses for my lemon thyme, which has a very distinctive citrus aroma – fresh and tangy – and made this:

Lemon and Lemon Thyme Butter

  • Zest of one organic lemon
  • 125g softened butter
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 or 5 sprigs of lemon thyme, finely chopped
  • Tiny squeeze of lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients really well and either just chill and use immediately, or press into ice cube trays, cover with foil and freeze.

Tastes delicious on new potatoes. Also good with pasta or gnocchi and parmesan. Or with baby carrots…