Wednesday, March 30

Herbes de Provence

In the south of France is a beautiful region bordering Italy and encompassing the French Riviera. This area, Provence, is well known for the fragrant herbs and flowers that are grown there.  I've had the pleasure of visiting this area and instantly fell in love with the rolling hills of sweet fragrance.

Herbes de Provence is a blend of common herbs 
from the Provence region of France. 

These traditional herbs were first combined in the 1970's, and like curries, there is no set formula for blending Herbes de Provence. Traditional Herbes de Provence begins with rosemary, thyme and bay leaf, and then other available herbs are added to taste such as: basil, marjoram, bay, chervil, sage, savory, fennel, oregano, dill, tarragon, and lavender.

Lavender flowers are common in the blends of Herbes de Provence that you find in the U.S.. They were added to appease the tourists who identify Provence with the many fields of lavender there.

Our family loves the flavors that Herbes de Provence brings to a dish. Though it is traditionally used as a rub to season meats, vegetables and fish, I use it generously in rice pilafs, soups, sauces and pastas... anywhere you want the taste of Mediterranean.

Herbes de Provence can be rather pricey.  
My local grocer sells it for $4.59 for a  .6 oz jar. 
Yeah, expensive... that would be $62.00 for 8 ounces.

I've found a great local source, which is also available for your online purchases:  Alison's Pantry.  Their blend includes a mixture of Marjoram, Savory, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Fennel, Sage and Lavender. I love the flavor that the Lavender adds to this blend.  I paid $4.69 for an 8 ounce package that I store in my own airtight containers. (These containers can also be purchased at Allison's Pantry.)

For that price, I can afford to use this delicious blend generously... and I do!

Every experienced cook has a different recipe for Herbes de Provence. You will find several on the web.  You may want to make your own blend. Experiment with the proportions and find the flavor blend that suits your palate best.

Here's a recipe I found that you may wish to start with:

Recipe for Herbes de Provence
Recipe by Emeril Lagasse

2 tablespoons dried savory
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried fennel seed

In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container.

Up next... Provence Lemon Baked Cod... using Herbes de Provence of course!


  1. Oh I can't wait for the cod recipe!!! Sounds heavenly!
    I also love using Herbes de Provence on chicken, salmon, and browned rice. Such an amazing smell as well as flavor!

  2. I'm not a cooking type of person but your header is inspiring - and fun . . . I've been making it move. Clever!



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