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The aromatic flavour profile enriches recipes, adding character and enjoyable nuances.

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The aromatic flavour profile is full-bodied, inviting and harmonious, and can accentuate the sensory qualities of other spices. It is an excellent all-round flavour enhancer. It can create an interesting and important retronasal olfactory sensation that accentuates the flavour and aroma of the dish.

Harmonious expression and concrete sensation. A true friend to healthy eating, because it adds flavour and nuance to dishes, allowing us to reduce the amount of salt we add during cooking. These herbs and spices are rich in organoleptic properties and can create aromas and flavours that are complex, unusual, multifaceted and enjoyable.

Our “Aromatic Flavour Profile” selection brings together herbs and spices that are mostly traditional ingredients in Italian cuisine and can provide pleasant nuances in our everyday dishes. Flavour, refinement, pleasure, colour…in a healthy natural way!

How best to extract the aroma?

Added directly to the dish or infused.

Which spices can replace it?

What does it go well with?

Main aromatic compound


area of perception:

Aromatic herbs and spices can create aromas and flavours that are complex, unusual, multifaceted and enjoyable. They can create an interesting and important retronasal olfactory sensation that accentuates the flavour and aroma of the dish.

Mitigated by:

Spicy flavour profile

Balanced by:

Fresh flavour profile

Strengthened by:

Umami and savoury flavour profile

Pairs with:

Savoury, umami, fresh and spicy flavour profile



"Delicately tangy and balanced."
Thyme is a perennial bush that grows spontaneously near the sea, but also in dry, stony soils. The name comes from the Greek thymos, meaning the principle of vitality, the breath and - metaphorically - the heart. According to the Ancient Greeks, the latter was the home of anger, courage and passion. It is a short, compact bush with small leaves; the fragrance is intense and immediately recognisable. Thyme is essential in Mediterranean cooking. The small leaves give dishes a pleasantly spicy and slightly bitter flavour. It is mainly used dry, as the flavour is more intense in this form.


Thyme is a herbaceous aromatic plant of the Lamiaceae family. As well as in vegetable gardens, it is often seen in flowerbeds.
The plant is a small bush, usually not more than 40 cm tall and 30 cm across. The small leaves are greyish-green and linear in shape. The flowers are pink, white or lilac. Multiplication is by sowing or root cutting. The plant thrives particularly in arid areas on the plains, but also in mountains up to an altitude of 1000 metres. It prefers temperate climates, but can also withstand temperatures below zero for a short period.


cleanly elegant and persistent


grassy, woody with notes of bark and leather


dark green

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Origin of the plant

Eastern mediterranean

Major producers

Morocco, Egypt and Europe


Botanical name

Thymus vulgaris L.

Flowering period

March to October

Flower colour

White and lilac

Aromatic period


Part of the plant used

Leaves, usually harvested during full flowering of the plant and then dried

Don't waste it:

Use thyme to create a pleasant atmosphere in the home. Place it in a saucepan of water and bring to the boil. The fragrance will spread throughout the house. Just be careful the pan doesn't boil dry. Alternatively you can use a small diffuser that works with the heat of a candle. Place some water and thyme in the upper section, and as this gradually warms, the thyme will begin to release its aroma.

Typical <br>dishes:

Lemon and thyme risotto, Escalopes with thyme, Puglia-style artichokes with thyme.

Blends it appears in:

Za'atar, Berberè, African Rub, Herbes de Provence


The Egyptians used this exceptionally fragrant herb in ointments for embalming. Thyme was used because they believed that the soul of the departed might reside in the flowers. The Greeks were great lovers of honey made from thyme flowers. And the Romans used its antiseptic properties to preserve foods, purify the air in closed rooms and flavour some dishes. Moreover, the medicinal and culinary uses of this herb were so well-known that Charlemagne ordered thyme to be grown in all botanical gardens and monastery vegetable plots.

Fun facts:

In antiquity thyme represented courage and passion; soldiers going into battle drank thyme infusions and strengthened their bodies with thyme baths.


Where can I find it
on the shelf?

6th level
Right and left-hand sections

What formats
are available?

How do I
store it?

Dried thyme should be stored at room temperature, in a cool, dry place away from light.

Does it contain

Thyme is naturally gluten-free.


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