Spanish Thyme

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Spanish thyme Plectranthus amboinicus (formerly Coleus aromaticus), a herb of uncertain origin which is used in Asia and the W. Indies as a flavouring for savoury dishes. In the W. Indies it may be known as either Spanish or French thyme, but it is not a true thyme. It also goes by the name ‘Cuban oregano’ and is one of several plants which are referred to as Mexican oregano.