Orange Thyme has gray-green oval shaped leaves that are slightly pointed on long, wiry, square stems. Blooms appear in early summer. They are tubular and usually white to light pink and grow in clusters. When the leaves are crushed, they produce an orangy-balsam scent and flavor.
Thyme is a slow grower so harvest sparingly. Clip the stems just before the plant begins to bloom and wait for your plant to fill in more. Wash Thyme and gently shake off the water. You can dry the leaves on the stem (which makes it easier to remove them) or you can remove the leaves and then dry them. You can use a dehydrator or use the old fashioned method of hanging in bunches. Store the dried leaves in an air tight container in a dark, dry location.
Freezing is the best way to preserve the flavor of Thyme. Place on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer. Remove and strip the leaves. You can place them back in the freezer in a container or bag or mix with a little bit of olive oil and freeze them in ice cube trays.
Spacing: Plant 6″ to 9″ apart.
Height: Grows 2″ to 4” tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Thyme is very nice looking as well as tasty. Use on fish or roasted veggies, in soups and stews and even in marmalades.
Tips: Drought tolerant. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds.
Uses: Culinary Herb, Garden Bed, Containers, Xeriscapes
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