I've always been attracted to the weird and different. Consequently, at Farmers Markets, I'm the person who gravitates to all the strange and exotic looking produce. So when choosing herbs for my deck, why would I go all garden variety all of a sudden?
Lemon verbena, spearmint, apple mint, orange mint, pineapple mint, lemon thyme, purple basil, box basil, lemon basil, curry, variegated sage, pineapple sage are some of the weirdo herbs that live harmoniously side by side on my NYC terrace.
Some would say this container garden is like the island of misfit toys of the herb world.
I thought I was done adding strange leafy things for the season until I saw this orange thyme during a recent breeze through of my local farmers market. I actually backed up a few steps to make sure I had read the label correctly. A surreptitious taste test revealed a gorgeous orange thyme flavor. In no time flat, it joined all the other little herbal oddities on my terrace. It's quite happy there with its edgy brethren.
I've been sorely lax in making ice cream or frozen treats this summer. This sorbet made up for it, garnering me extra points from its delicious flavor. I love the little sting the thyme give this treat. You can use store bought OJ for this recipe. However, this fresh squeezed version definitely tastes like sunshine in a glass, albeit with a little weirdo on the side.
Orange Thyme Sorbet
- 3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange thyme rinsed and patted dry. (You can use regular thyme as well.)
- Heat all three ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat.
- When mixture comes to a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
- Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Transfer to tightly sealed plastic container.
- Place in freezer. When the mixture has solidified, scoop and serve. Garnish with orange thyme sprigs.