PEBRELLA - wild mountain thyme
I cannot believe that in all the years I have been visiting Spain I had not seen or heard of Pebrella until last week, when I saw it among the dried herbs in a supermarket in Santa Pola.
I learned that pebrella (thymus piperella) is a member of the thyme family and is an indigenous variety of wild thyme which grows exclusively in the mountains around Murcia, Alicante and south of Valencia. The flavour is described as a combination of thyme, oregano and savoury and is used mainly with meat dishes and for marinated olives and cheese. If found fresh it can be added to salads.
It's name appears to come from "pebre" or pepper, and it is stronger and more "peppery" in taste than common thyme.
I'm taking some back to England but wonder if anyone else has come across it.
Santa Pola, January 2017