Bela-luz thyme: the perfect salt substitute
You don’t need to be a Michelin star chef to have a magic ingredient in your kitchen. The bela-luz thyme could be your best-kept culinary secret.
What thyme is it?A rare species of the popular thyme grows on the hills of Portugal.
Known as “pure salt”, it has tiny dark green leaves and a fresh, strong and pleasant aroma, with traces of eucalyptus.
We are talking, of course, about bela-luz thyme, known to scientists as Thymus Mastichina. One of nearly 350 varieties of thyme in the world, bela-luz thyme is indigenous to Portugal and Spain.
But how can you use it?
If you fancy yourself a cook, then bela-luz thyme could be your secret ingredient. You can use it fresh or dried and it is an excellent salt substitute, giving meat dishes, stews or even soups a unique aroma.
This aromatic herb can also be used as an infusion. Its flavour might help you to feel more relaxed.