Provencal Herbs

Provencal Herbs

What are the herbs of Provence? It is quite simply a mixture of herbs that makes us travel and especially adopt Provencal cuisine. Native to the Mediterranean regions, the herbs of Provence are an assortment of aromatic plants. A great cooking classic that works wonders in salads, grills and savory dishes. It is really an aromatics that we love in the summer during barbecues.

  • Main notes: Characteristic of herbs of Provence, a fresh scent
  • Compositon: Rosemary, Savory, Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Hyssop

Buy herbs from Provence at Comptoir de Toamasina and discover an herb with an exceptional bouquet of flavors. A spice that will make your kitchen vibrate with its intoxicating scent A favorite to have in your kitchen.

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HERBS OF PROVENCE - MEDITERRANEAN - PURCHASE, USES AND RECIPES

I am delighted to introduce you to Herbes de Provence , an assortment of aromatics essential to our gastronomy, and particularly the simplest mixture to use every day, from starter to dessert.   

Here, you will be able to buy them at the best value for money and above all know everything about their use and unique recipes. Aromatics open a unique voice in our cuisine. 

This famous Provençal bouquet goes well in all kinds of dishes , including desserts. On my blog you will find amazing recipes such as applesauce with Provence herbs. 

Herbes de Provence can be used in various ways: added at the start of cooking for a tagine , integrated into a marinade , or sprinkled on a dish before serving.  

When I prepare dishes at Apogée Bar , I like to brown the herbs over high heat to bring out the aromas, then I add oil, onions , and finally a nice slice of chicken or fish accompanied by vegetables . It's easy , quick and delicious .           

As you know, Herbes de Provence are a mixture of aromatic herbs widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. This blend includes ingredients such as thyme , rosemary , basil , marjoram , oregano , savory , and sometimes lavender .      

In Provence, it is said that each family has its own blend, created with the herbs they have on hand.

These herbs are carefully selected to create a fragrant blend , ideal for giving character and flavor to dishes. 

In my video, I explain to you why roast a spice and how to do it.

WHAT ARE HERBS DE PROVENCE

Herbes de Provence , like mild curry, are a versatile blend of aromatics, often used to flavor meats, fish, vegetarian dishes, sauces, soups, and even desserts. 

In France, who doesn't know the famous chicken with herbs from Provence?

Their use varies according to regions and traditional recipes. But be careful, there is legislation on its composition.

Contrary to popular belief, the term “Herbes de Provence” does not designate a particular herb, but rather a blend of aromatics which can include a wide variety of herbs depending on local traditions.

WHAT ARE HERBS OF PROVENCE MADE OF ?

Thus, Herbes de Provence can contain thyme , rosemary , savory, basil, oregano , marjoram , and sometimes lavender , each bringing its characteristic note to the final mixture . On the other hand, the Label Rouge imposes an exact quantity.      

To create a homemade Herbes de Provence mixture, the proportions can vary depending on personal preferences and recipes. Here is my basic recipe that you can adjust to your taste:

  • Dried Provence thyme  : 20%
  • Dried rosemary  : 20%
  • Dried savory  : 20%
  • Dried oregano  : 20%
  • Dried basil  : 10%
  • Crumbled bay leaves with sauce  : 10%
  • Lavender: 2% of the total quantity

Here is the composition to have the Red Label:

  • Rosemary  : 27%
  • Oregano  : 27%
  • Savory  : 27%
  • Thyme  : 19%

These proportions are for a total mixture of 100 grams. You can adapt them depending on the quantity you want to prepare. 

WHAT IS THE FLAVOR OF HERBS DE PROVENCE

The flavor of Herbes de Provence composed of Rosemary, Savory, Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano and Hyssop is rich and complex, offering an aromatic bouquet that evokes the warmth and diversity of the Mediterranean. It’s truly a dive into Provence. Discover with me the flavor of my Provence herbs: 

 
  • Rosemary: With its woody, resinous scent, rosemary offers a distinctive Mediterranean touch.
  • Savory: This herb, reminiscent of thyme but with a more peppery note, adds a tangy flavor to the mix.
  • Thyme: Renowned for its delicate lemony aroma, thyme contributes to the freshness and depth of the blend.
  • Marjoram: With a robust, slightly bitter and spicy taste, marjoram enriches the palette of flavors.
  • Oregano: Famous for its use in Italian cuisine, oregano brings a sweet, fresh note to the mix.
  • Hyssop: Less common, hyssop seduces with its minty and floral taste, offering a unique dimension to the whole.

HOW TO USE of herbs de Provences

Herbes  de Provence , with their blend of subtly fragrant aromatics and their slight note of freshness, are very appreciated for their balanced flavor. Here are some tips for getting the most out of these herbs in cooking:

  • Dosage:  Start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste preferences. Herbes de Provence integrate harmoniously with other flavors without dominating them, especially when added gradually.
  • Cooking:  To fully release their aromas, it is recommended to sprinkle the Herbes de Provence at the start of cooking. This allows their delicate nuances to develop and enrich the flavor palette of the dish.
  • Pairings: Herbes de Provence goes wonderfully well with white meats, tomatoes, fish and vegetables. They can also be a surprising ingredient in salad dressings, bringing a Provençal and fragrant touch to your dishes.

INSPIRATIONS, IDEAS AND RECIPE SUGGESTIONS :

Herbes de Provence , with their bouquet of rich aromas and characteristic flavor, can be used in a variety of ways in cooking. Here are some ideas for making the most of this versatile herb blend. 

A classic method of using Herbes de Provence is to incorporate them into simmered dishes, such as stews or Provençal stews. By adding a pinch of these herbs to your meat, fish or vegetable dishes, you will give them a depth of typically Mediterranean flavor.

You can also sprinkle Herbes de Provence on dishes based on rice or legumes for a subtle aromatic touch. Their blend of flavors will bring a rustic and sunny dimension to your vegetarian dishes.

    For a different taste experience, mix Herbes de Provence with a little olive oil to create a fragrant marinade for white meats, such as chicken, or for fish. Leave to marinate before cooking to obtain tender and flavorful dishes.

    RECIPE IDEAS of herbs de Provences

    Here I offer you my 8 favorite recipes with Provence herbs, easy recipes and above all perfect for summer:

    1. Chicken with Provence Herbs: Marinate pieces of chicken with a mixture of Provence herbs, minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Grill them or bake them for an explosion of Provençal flavors.

    2. Provençal ratatouille: Prepare a traditional ratatouille by simmering zucchini, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and onions with Provence herbs, garlic and olive oil. Serve it hot as a side dish or cold in a salad.

    3. Pizza with Provence herbs: Top a pizza dough with tomato sauce, mozzarella, grilled vegetables and Provence herbs. Bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden. A tasty pizza with Mediterranean accents.

    4. Mediterranean salad: Prepare a fresh salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onions and feta cheese. Season with a blend of Provence herbs, balsamic vinegar and olive oil for an explosion of summer flavors.

    5. Pasta with Provence Herbs: Cook pasta al dente, then toss it with grilled vegetables (like peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes), garlic, Provence herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil. 'olive. Sprinkle with grated parmesan before serving.

    6. Provençal vegetable tart: Garnish a tart crust with grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, peppers), candied onions, tomatoes and Provence herbs. Pour a mixture of beaten eggs and cream over the top, then bake until the tart is golden and crisp.

    7. Grilled vegetable skewers: Thread pieces of various vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, onions) onto skewers, alternating with lemon slices. Season with Provencal herbs, olive oil and salt, then grill on the barbecue or in the oven.

    8. Lavender cake: Surprise your guests with a cake flavored with lavender, a typical herb from the Provence region. Prepare a classic cake batter by adding dried lavender flowers and a little Herbe de Provence. Serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream for a delicious Provençal touch.

    HERBS OF PROVENCE AND ITS HISTORY

    The history of Provence herbs is a story steeped in tradition and dates back to ancestral practices.

    Originally, this term referred to a selection of wild aromatic plants characteristic of the Provençal region, such as thyme, wild thyme, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, among others. These herbs were traditionally gathered in the wild and were used in local cuisine for their intense flavor and preservative properties.

    Over time, wild harvesting was gradually replaced by more organized production, particularly with the development of the agri-food industry. In the 1960s, the term "Herbes de Provence" was popularized commercially by a French food company, although the mixture itself does not benefit from a specific designation.

    Today, although the name evokes Provence, a significant proportion of the herbs sold under this name come from other regions, including central and eastern Europe, the Maghreb or even China.

    To guarantee authenticity and quality, certain herbs from Provence are labeled Label Rouge, which guarantees precise dosage of the different herbs, drying in accordance with strict standards, and complete traceability from cultivation to sale. These Label Rouge herbs are of Provençal origin and represent the pinnacle of quality in Provence herbs.

    The first written mention of Provençal herbs dates back to 1910, in the work “La Cuisine Provençale” by Jean-Baptiste Reboul. However, it was not until the 1970s that a mixture was marketed under the name “Herbes de Provence” by manufacturers.

    Essential in Mediterranean cuisine, these herbs give many dishes, from grills and stews to sauces and tomato-based dishes, their distinctive aromas and depth of flavor. They embody the culinary richness of Provence and its gastronomic heritage.

    Native country
    World
    BOTANICAL SPECIES
    None
    INGREDIENTS
    Rosemary, Savory, Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Hyssop
    AROMATIC POWER
    7/10
    ALLERGEN
    Absence
    POSSIBLE TRACES OF ALLERGENS
    None
    PACKAGING
    Bottle and Bag
    Preparation / Delivery
    Preparation within 24 hours - Delivery within 48 hours

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