Other Species of Thyme

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

  • About

  • T. broussonetii, a pine-scented thyme of N. Africa.

  • T. caespititius (formerly T. azoricus), Azores thyme, with a tangerine scent.

  • T. herba-barona, caraway thyme, has a cultivar, Nutmeg. The specific name was given because in past times it was thought suitable for rubbing into a baron of beef. The other names indicate the nature of the aroma.

  • T. mastichina, mastic thyme or Spanish marjoram, is used in many parts of the Mediterranean region. Its distilled oil (in commerce ‘oil of wild marjoram’) has an odour of eucalyptus and camphor.

  • T. pulegioides, broad-leaved thyme, has a number of cultivars including one bearing the name Oregano (also Italian Oregano), whose bright green leaves have an aroma similar to oregano.