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Herbes de Provence

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Literally translating to Provencal herbs, Herbes de Provence is a customary mixture dried herbs usually found in Provence, France. The name is generic and this spice mixture may actually come from a number of places including China, Europe and North Africa.

This robust herb blend is popular in the southeastern region of France and is made from herbs which grow abundantly in the hills of the area. First put together in the 1970's, there is no specific combination for these herbs.

However, basil, thyme, fennel, savory, rosemary and bay leaves are some of the common components in this mix. Lavender is also included in many of today's Herbes de Provence, although it is not a part of traditional Southern French dishes.

Herbes de Provence is commonly used to add flavor to grilled foods such as meat and fish. It is also often incorporated in vegetable stews and dishes with Mediterranean origin. Aside from these common uses it can also be used to flavor salads, soups, sauces, stews, cheese and bread. This blend of herbs works particularly well with tomatoes, potatoes and olive oil. Herbes de Provence is best added before or during cooking. Rarely is it used after a dish has been made.

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