Sicilian thyme - "The aromatic ones par excellence"
Brief description: The genus Thymus probably derives from the Latin “Tymis” or “Thymòsus”, that is, “that has perfume” or from the Greek Thymòs, “soul”; a second hypothesis makes it derive from the Egyptian “tham”, a term referring to a plant that was used for washing the bodies to be embalmed. The branches cut at the base are dried in the shade, in warm, dry and well-ventilated rooms or in a drying room in such a way as to keep the aroma unaltered and thus prolong its conservation. Exceptional in addition to meat and fish dishes, also excellent as a condiment for soups, sauces, legumes, vegetables, mushrooms, oils, aromatic vinegars and much more.
Storage: Store in a cool and dry place away from sources of light and heat.
Expiry 24 months from packaging.
Subject to natural weight loss.
Typical species of the Mediterranean scrub, it has a shrubby habit with linear-lanceolate leaves of small size, cottony and whitish on the underside. The pinkish-lilac white flowers are grouped in spikes at the leaf axil. Flowering occurs from spring to early autumn. The plant can reach 30 cm in height.
Flowering and harvesting takes place between May and August. the branches cut at the base are dried in the shade, in warm, dry and well-ventilated rooms or in a drying room in order to keep the aroma unaltered and thus prolong its conservation.
As for the medicinal properties, particularly rich in thymol, it has antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant and diuretic properties; it is effective against many infections of the urinary, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract.
Cultivation takes place according to the principles of a sustainable and environmentally friendly form of agriculture through the use of organic fertilizers and the absence of synthetic chemicals. All stages are carried out by hand, from transplanting, to the elimination of weeds, up to harvesting, drying and packaging, thus imparting a strongly territorial connotation to the product itself.
The company is based in the heart of eastern Sicily and precisely in Pedara, a small village located on the slopes of Etna, at a height of about 610 m asl. The surrounding territorial context is rich in history and rural traditions handed down from father to son generation after generation. Green hills, farms, noble villas and terraces surround a landscape that in the eyes of travelers appears to be out of time and space.
Etna in the background asserts itself to be overbearing and majestic but at the same time affectionate and caring mother. The climate found in the Etna area, characterized by mild and moderately rainy winters and hot and sunny summers, combined with a sandy soil, light and rich in microelements, deriving from lava flows whose origin is lost in the mists of time, make this an enchanting place , particularly suited and suitable for hosting a great variety of typical local crops.
Among them, aromatic herbs certainly stand out, which thanks to the pedoclimatic factors described above, are able to release particularly fragrant and intense smells, flavors, tastes and aromas, unique of their kind compared to other places.