A variety of dried herbs grown naturally in the Provence region of southern France that are combined to create a savory flavoring for foods such as olives, meats, stews, and sauces. The herbs included are usually basil, fennel, lavender, marjoram or mint, rosemary, savory, sage, and thyme. Variations of this blend can include all, some or additional herbs to make the desired combinations. The flavors provided by the mix are: basil - a sweet and somewhat tangy taste; fennel - a strong anise flavor; lavender - a light bland flower taste; marjoram or mint - a slight oregano flavor; rosemary - the aromatic spruce seasoning; sage - an earthy flavor; savory - a spicy or peppery hot taste; and thyme - a natural earthy seasoned flavor. Also referred to as Herbes de Provence.
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