David Vanille's opinion: One of the favourite herbs for all summer meals, but not only. If you are used to hearing the cicadas singing when you use your usual thyme, you will now bring in the song of the Nile through the Pyramid Thyme.
Food pairing: Mediterranean cuisine, goat cheese, vegetables.
Packaging: 40 gr
Other names: Thymus vulgaris, farigola, farigoule
Origin - Plantations : Egypt
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In Ancient Egypt, what struck visitors who arrived at Thebes was both the meticulous organization of cultures and the ingenious irrigation methods that Egyptian farmers knew how to put in place and the enchantment of colours that they received. From the bright green of the gigantic papyrus forests, to the brown tones of the flax fields that bordered them, to the softness of the pastel pink of the water lilies on the ponds, and finally this monochrome of violet that came from shrubs so fragrant that you could smell them all the way to the top of Al-Qurn. If the visitor came from a Mediterranean region, he easily recognized the olfactory qualities of the Thyme. But he did not yet know that it was a particular thyme: the Pyramid Thyme. This aromatic herb that the Egyptians used daily and that also occupied a prominent place during major celebrations.
The Thyme is one of those plants that resolutely bear their name well, in fact, etymologically, thumos means "smell". Originally from the Mediterranean basin, Thyme is available in several hundred different species. I have chosen to offer you the Thyme of the Pyramids, one of those thymes that was able to establish itself in the time of Ancient Egypt - especially in the Sinai peninsula - and adapt to the changes in its environment since that time. Indeed, whether during the great era of irrigation plans or in more recent periods when the desert has largely gained ground, the Pyramid Thyme has been able to acclimatize, adapt, without ever losing its superb.
"As for the flowerbed, it offered a thousand drawings of thyme, which plays the same role as boxwood in our country; in ball, pyramid, embroidery, it is thyme that always frames the flower tribes and the sand paths. " - Events and adventures in Egypt in 1839 - Scipio Martin
The Pyramid Thyme is a 10 to 30 cm high shrub with narrow leaves and pink-purple flowers. It has a typical smell that can be recognized among thousands of others. It can be found in all types of terrain in Mediterranean regions, but its preferred location is the rocky area. Let's discover what uses can be made of this wonderful aromatic herb.
It is probably thanks to the protection of Geb - the Egyptian god of the Earth, Nature and Plants - that the Pyramid Thyme is a champion of adaptation! If it has been able to adapt to different environments, and has followed the evolution of Egyptian climatic and hygrometric conditions, it is also able to deliver the quintessence of its aromatic palette to all your dishes, whatever the cooking.
Through its fresh bag, it will first offer you a patchwork of its own colours: variations of green, brown and grey that will remind you of its leaves and thin branches. And if you look closer, you will also notice purplish reflections that will remind you of its flowering period.
On the nose, one cannot be mistaken: the fresh, woody and typical notes of Thyme are present from the beginning of the olfactory contact. We feel, however, a stronger woody or even musky power than with an ordinary thyme. We can guess at this moment, the rather harsh conditions in which this shrub was able to flourish.
On the palate, the flavours will reflect the olfactory sensations, except that you will also receive a sensation of almost minty freshness on the tip of the tongue, accompanied by a veil of sweetness that will seize the entire palate.
From the seasoning of a vinaigrette or marinade, to the composition of a bouquet garni for your simmered dishes, to its raw use for any type of cooking, the Thyme of the Pyramids will be a delicious ally for all your dishes.
Legend has it that the nourishing goddess Hesat created the Thyme of the Pyramids to offer this seasoning in abundance to the people of Egypt and the Pharaohs. Thyme is known for its ability to season many of our dishes, whether grilled or in sauce. Discover other new recipes that would allow you to fully enjoy all the flavours of the Thyme of the Pyramids.
Sunshine on your meat and fish
The Thyme of the Pyramids will bring all its freshness to the southern accents in your meat dishes, whether white or red. Prepare a delicious Lamb Mouse confit with Thyme of the Pyramids and Cleopatra Rosemary, an amazing Roast Duck with Mango and Thyme of the Pyramids, or, in the manner of Julie Andrieu, a family recipe but no less delicious: a Roast Pork with Honey, Thyme and Mustard.
In Egypt, Pyramid Thyme is an integral part of traditional recipes such as Dolma (Vine leaf stuffed with meat and rice), Bamiah (a kind of ratatouille) or Egyptian Moussaka
The use of Pyramid Thyme on fish also reveals a delicious marriage. Whether it is a Roasted Cod with Olive Oil and Pyramid Thyme, a powerful Haddock with Pyramid Cream and Thyme, or a Bohemian Rouget Fillet with Thyme, in the style of Chef Joël Robuchon.
Of course, the Pyramid Thyme will also be the star herb for barbecues and planchas, and you can either sprinkle it directly on your pieces of meat or grilled fish (chicken drumsticks, skewers, prime rib) or integrate it into the preparation of your marinades.
Freshness on your vegetables and starchy foods :
The Thyme of the Pyramids will satisfy all your vegetable desires by bringing them a breath of minty freshness and a flavor with singing accents.
Whether they are in salads, pan-fried, roasted, or gratin... None of your vegetables will resist the call of the Pyramid Thyme
Make a delicious Old Tomato and Feta Salad with Pyramid Thyme, or a Zucchini Gratin with goat cheese, or simply a dish of Early Potatoes with Pyramid Thyme in the oven. You can also prepare delicious Stuffed Courgette Flowers, in the style of chef Christophe Bacquié.
To enchant your desserts :
Pyramid Thyme will also be an excellent seasoning for many sweet preparations. You can integrate it in your homemade jams (figs, plums, apricots, peaches,...), compotes and other coulis.
Prepare a delicious Pyramid Thyme Crème Brûlée.
Chef Cédric Grolet suggests a sublime Saint-Honoré raspberry-thym.
But you can also combine it with your chocolate desserts, whether it's a fondant, muffins or chocolate mousse.
The origin of the Thyme is located in the regions around the Mediterranean. Greek mythology indicates that it was born of the tears of the beautiful Helen of Troy - daughter of Zeus and Leda. The Trojan War caused her a lot of worries, and Hélène shed many tears, to the point that a shrub finally blossomed. It is from this legend that the term Thymon (offering) was used and that this plant became the symbol of courage and divinity to this plant. It was therefore attributed magical powers, beyond its medicinal benefits. The Greeks used to burn them in front of temples, public squares and rich houses to protect them from any evil fate.
The Roman people were responsible for the spread of this plant throughout Europe and used it mainly for protective rites, but also for medicinal and cosmetic preparations.
The Egyptians also worshipped this very fragrant plant. They chose to use it to purify and eternalize the souls of their deceased.
It was only in the Middle Ages that Thyme was used for culinary purposes.
During this period, it still represented courage and strength, especially for knights going on crusades. They were given a scarf with bees embroidered on it, fluttering near a branch of thyme, when they left.
It was also one of the essential ingredients in the preparation of love potions.
These symbols have remained dedicated to him even today, in the language of flowers.
The Thyme of the Pyramids will offer you much more than just its delicious flavours! Indeed, this aromatic plant has been recognized and used for 3,000 years, particularly by Egyptians for its medicinal benefits.
Thyme is an excellent protector of your immune system: it has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It is used in particular in infusion to fight winter ailments (colds, rhinitis, pharyngitis,...).
It stimulates the nervous system and helps to fight asthenia, depression, chronic fatigue and depression (it is also said that in this context, it awakens libido, it is up to you to try...).
Finally, Thyme protects your digestive system by treating gastroenteritis, balancing the intestinal flora and draining the liver.