Thyme is a Mediterranean native of the mint family, it is one of the most widely used herbs. There is believed to be abut 100 species of thyme. All thymes are wonderfully aromatic. Garden or Common Thyme, which grows easily from seed or cuttings, is the variety generally used in cooking, although there are many types of this mint-family perennial. A delicate looking herb with a penetrating fragrance, thyme is a wonderful addition to bean, egg and vegetable dishes.