de Provence is a classic French blend of many naturally-grown plants
with a notable element of thyme and hints of lavender.
Also known as Provencal herbs, these special dried blends refer to plants grown in Southern France’s Provence region. It is one of the essences of French cooking, along with fines herbes and bouquet garni.
The various combinations are added to a wide range of dishes that include soups, sauces, and stews. They are also used as a coating for fish and potatoes before grilling.
Varieties and Buying Tips
Herbes de Provence is typically sold in bags or containers that will range in size and contents. The traditional mixture is thyme, summer savory, lavender, basil, rosemary, and marjoram. (Thyme is the dominant herb while lavender adds a unique fragrance.)