Blend of herbs found in France

Burning Questions

November 09, 2005|By ERICA MARCUS | ERICA MARCUS,NEWSDAY

What are herbes de Provence, and where might I purchase them?

Herbes de Provence means, literally, herbs from Provence. The term refers to a mixture of herbs that is commonly used in Provence, the region of southeastern France.

The mixture contains thyme, rosemary, bay, basil and savory. Marjoram, sage, tarragon, lavender and fennel seed often are included.

You can find herbes de Provence in many supermarkets and most specialty food stores in the spice and herb section. Two reliable Internet retailers are at penzeys.com and adrianascara van.com. You certainly can make your own herbes de Provence by buying and combining the individual herbs. This has the added advantage of allowing you to customize the blend.

Erica Marcus writes for Newsday. E-mail your queries to burningquestions@newsday.com, or send them to Erica Marcus, Food/Part 2, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Road, Melville, NY 11747-4250.

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