Herbs de provence (or herbes de provence) is a simple, yet very satisfying dried herb blend from the south of France. It is usually a blend of savory, rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano. Most of us are familiar with rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano, but might not be as accustomed to using savory. Savory is a pungent herb that is used sparingly in recipes, but which blends perfectly with the other herbs in herbs de Provence.
Herbs de Provence goes wonderfully on fish, chicken, meat and potatoes. The blend of herbs creates a flavor that is unusual, but super flavorful and is almost magical at making bland foods delicious.
Besides the wonderful flavor of herbs de Provence, there are also many potential health benefits. Here are just a few of the potential health benefits of each of the herbs:
Basil – Prevention of certain cancers, reduction in depression, reduction of age related memory loss, anti-inflammatory. Basil may also protect against the risk of ulcers for those taking regular doses of aspirin.
Thyme – May reduce blood pressure, protects against colon cancer, kills breast cancer cells, anti-microbial.
Oregano – Helpful for colds and flu and fever. Anti-inflammatory, potentially anti-cancer herb that also helps digestion.
Rosemary – anti-inflammatory, improves brain function, increases circulation, enhances memory, improves digestion.
Savory – Increases sex drive, improves colds and flu, reduces indigestion and gas.
All of these herbs, on their own have positive effects on the body and combined make for some potentially powerful medicine.
The recipe for herbs de Provence only takes about 5 minutes to make. This recipe is the closest I have found that matches the traditional herb blend. The Americanized version includes lavender in the mixture, but I prefer to stick with the original.
Once you make the blend, you can try our herbs de Provence parmesan potatoes (link to recipe here). Red potatoes, covered with olive oil and herbs de provence, baked in the oven and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. I found this to be one of my all time favorite potato recipes.
Let us know if you try the herbs de Provence and if you have created any recipes with it. Please rate and review!