French Herbs Blends

Quick Notes:

French herb blends are world renowned:

Herbs, more so than spices, are used widely in French cooking.  Basil, Bay, Marjoram, Parsley, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme are the dominant herbs.  The Alliums (family of bulbs) including Chives, Garlic, Leeks, Onions, and Shallots are widely used too.

Dried herb blends of Bouquet Garni, Fines Herbes and Herbes de Provence feature herbs grown traditionally in France’s southern region.  Today, many commercial varieties of these blends are using herbs cultivated and grown in other parts of the world. 

Bouquet Garni:

"Garnish Bouquet" - A bundle of herbs tied together (fresh herbs) or tucked in a sachet/cheesecloth (dried herbs), and used to flavor soups, stews, and stocks.

Bouquet Garni Blend
Left to right Rosemary, Basil, Savory, Sage, Tarragon, Dill Weed, Marjoram. Bay Leaf, Thyme and Oregano not shown

Fines Herbes:

Classic French blend of herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil)

Fines Herbes
Clockwise Chives, Chervil, Tarragon. Parsley not shown

Herbes de Provence:

Generic name for herbs grown in France’s southern region of Provence; now grouped and referred to as a blend usually comprised of rosemary, thyme, oregano, savory, marjoram, basil, and other herbs like tarragon that are most likely acquired from countries other than France.  American blends usually include lavender which is not widely used in traditional French cooking. 

Left to right Rosemary, Fennel, Marjoram, Dill Weed, Tarragon, Chervil, Savory, Basil, Lavender. Thyme and Oregano not shown
Herbes de Provence Blend

Let's not forget Provence's abundance of Lavender

Fresh Lavender
Dried Lavender Buds
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