Blending Your Own Herbs de Provence

Author: Meera, October 10, 2013


Herbs de provence is a blend of herbs found in the Provence region of France

The name Herbs de Provence originated about 40 years ago for a blend of herbs that grow in the Provence region of France



My fingers are lusciously scented this morning with the oils of rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender, and mint that I’ve just gathered from my garden. Herbs play an important part in the seasoning of many foods of the world, including the blend famously known as Herbs de Provence. But did you know that you could make your own Herbs de Provence?


A basic blend that cooks in the south of France use often includes savory, fennel, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Americans associate lavender with Provence, so the commercial spice companies have blended lavender in as well for the American market. Depending on the cook, she might also add to the basic blend some sage, bay leaf, chervil, French tarragon, and even mint.


If you’d like to create your own blend, start with equal parts of the following dried herbs: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram, and chervil.  Judiciously add some lavender. Be equally cautious about adding fennel seeds and French tarragon, since both herbs taste of liquorice and can quickly overpower, even ruin, your mixture.



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