Herbes de Provence (Provençal herbs) is a mix of aromatic plants, usually dried. These herbs are native to and have their origins in the Provence region of southern France.
The mixture traditionally contains rosemary, marjoram, basil, savory and thyme. Sometimes lavender flowers are included in the mix. The proportion of each herb varies depending on the manufacturer, and additional aromatic plants are occasionally added. Typically thyme dominates the taste produced by the herb mixture.
It is mostly used to flavor grilled foods such as fish and meat, as well as vegetable stews. The mixture can be added to foods before or during cooking or mixed with cooking oil prior to cooking so as to infuse the flavor into the cooked food. It is rarely added after cooking is complete.