Herbes de Provence

The hills of Provence, France have always been the source for some of the most-used herbs in European cooking. Herbes de Provence is a bouquet of herbs that are made using various herbs that grow on the hills of Provence. This herb collection is similar to the Bouquet Garni and Fines Herbs, both of which are herb baskets that hail from France.

Herbes de Provence made its entry into French cuisine in the 1970s. It is one of the latest additions to this cuisine. The herbs used in this condiment include tarragon, thyme, rosemary, basil, bay leaf, chervil, lovage, oregano, savoury, sage, marjoram and fennel. Some modern versions of the Herbes de Provence also include lavender. These herbs can either be fresh or dry. The fresh herbs lend a pine-like and spicy flavour, while the dried herbs add an earthy flavour to the dish.

The herbs in the Herbes de Provence have multiple applications. They can be used to flavour stock, soups & stews, they can be made into a herb mix and rubbed on vegetables and meat, they can be used as salad dressings and they can also be used in batters, doughs to make bread, pasta & pizza bases and can be used as pie fillings.