The small thyme (Thymus vulgaris) bush grows everywhere in Greece. Its tiny flowers and leaves emit a delightful fragrance, which is linked with Greek cooking and culture. There are many varieties of thyme, which compliment soups, meat, stews and salads.
The plant has a long history of being used both as a culinary herb and for its healing properties. Thyme has high anti-microbial properties and primarily used to fight coughs. It is rich in antioxidants and is an excellent source of iron, vitamin K, calcium and dietary fiber.
The ancient Greek physicians Hippocrates and Dioskurides, prescribed this fragrant herb for all manner of illnesses. The ancients Greeks burned thyme in their temples as incense offering to their gods.
In addition, thyme is an exceptional food for bees. Greek thyme honey is considered one of the best in the world.