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Iberian White Thyme
(hardy in zones 6-9)
(Mastic thyme; Spanish marjoram; Tomillo blanco) A spectacular thyme from the dry mountains of Spain and Portugal. Its unusual aroma is floral with a surprising touch of eucalyptus. That hint of eucalyptus would seem to make it more suited for the medicine cabinet than the spice rack, but it actually works incredibly well in the kitchen. It is one of those herbs that is immediately addictive once one tries it. Throughout the Iberian peninsula the leaves are used fresh or dried in soups, stews, meat dishes, and as a seasoning for olives. It is also used as a salt substitute and as a flavour enhancer. Infusions are used to treat colds and flus, sore throat and indigestion. Recent research suggests that it has potent antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and may protect against colon cancer. Known as
, or white thyme, because its cream-white flowers are so dense they look like snow. Will do well in a sunny, well-drained spot. Ht. 30cm/1ft.
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