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The Pantry Quiz #92

Herbes de Provence

Do You Know?

You'll recognize Herbes de Provence by the cute little ceramic crock in which it's sold, but how much do you know about what's inside? A blend of spices that grow on the sunny hillsides in the south of France, Herbes de Provence typically includes all but one of the following. Which is the odd herb out?

1. Fennel
2. Rosemary
3. Oregano
4. Bay leaves
5. Tarragon
6. Cumin
7. Mint
8. Lavender


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Baharat is also commonly called Arabic Spice.]

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Cumin is the odd spice out here!

Cumin is not a part of Herbes de Provence. I use cumin regularly :-)

Yes, I would have to agree with cumin. I haven't used this much, although I always have it in my spice drawer.

I use Herbes de Provence regularly and cumin is not included.

I stink at quizzes but I can handle this one: cumin.

Cumin, love it.

Cumin, love it.

Agreed: cumin isn't a common ingredient in French cuisine.

Cumin appears to be the only one not part of the Provence tradition. However, I have seen it in historical recipes in Europe, so I think it's been there and gone. Sure doesn't fit the profile now!

On the sunny hillsides in the south of France, original Herbes de Provence typically included all herbs grown in Provence but did not include lavender.

On the Island of Maui, Hawaii in upcountry on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala we have the rather large vibrant Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm.

Indeed, it's cumin.


French bread
Many types of French bread contain cumin seeds.

I found that on several articles online about cumin, but I can't find anything specific. Help?

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