Provencal herbs are the queens of any kitchen. With them, any dish instantly becomes an explosion of flavour and aroma capable of seducing even the most demanding palate. As their name suggests, they originate from Provence, that very special region in the south of France whose landscapes and villages amaze those who have the joy of visiting them. 

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If Provence were a colour, it would most likely be mauve, just like its extensive lavender fields. But if it were an aroma, it’d be difficult to choose just one, as the aromatic Provencal herbs are diverse. Up next, we'll talk about the main plants of Provence, as well as their benefits and where to find them.

1. Basil

Basil is one of the star herbs of Provence due to its versatility. It is a plant known above all for its role in the elaboration of the famous pesto sauce, which is why it fits perfectly in both pasta and salads. Among its properties, we could mention that it is a digestive plant, as it reduces gas and relieves abdominal heaviness. It is also a diuretic herb.

Whether for a treatment or to flavour, the herbs of Provence also stand out for their great quality and beneficial properties.

2. Thyme

Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with interesting digestive properties such as basil, but it is also an effective antiseptic, antimicrobial and keeps colds at bay. In the kitchen, it is the perfect ally of meats and serves to aromatize cheeses and oils.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is an aromatic plant that attracts attention for its antioxidant and digestive properties. It is also an excellent fighter against respiratory diseases, and it stands out for its high iron content. In the kitchen, rosemary does not go unnoticed because of its intense smell. It combines brilliantly with meat, especially lamb, salads and boiled potatoes.

4. Laurel

The most common presentation of laurel is in leaves, which are capable of flavouring any dish in a matter of minutes. The laurel is a tree that can reach 9 meters high. Its leaves are a source of vitamins A, C, folic acid and minerals. In relation to its culinary use, it is not lacking in stews, marinades, sauces or stews.

In the many stalls and markets of the region you will find the ones you are looking for.

5. Marjoram

Marjoram is a plant with slightly oval leaves that can reach up to 60 cm in height. It has digestive, sedative, antibacterial and relaxing properties. This Provencal herb is great for infusion, but also acts as a dressing for red meats.

6. Oregano

Oregano is another one of those herbs which should always be in any kitchen. Its uses are well known, as it is the perfect accompaniment to pastas, pizzas, salads, stews and vegetables. This small shrub, which hardly exceeds 80 cm in height, has antioxidant and digestive properties.

Now you know a little more about Provencal herbs, but do you know where to find them? The best places are the traditional markets, such as the Marché au Poisson in Marseille, the Tuesday market in Avignon, or the Aix-en-Provence market that takes place daily in Place Richelme.

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