Fines herbes is a combination of herbs that forms a mainstay of Mediterranean cuisine. The ingredients of fines herbes are fresh parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil. These “fine herbs” are not the pungent and resinous herbs that appear in a bouquet garn which, unlike fines herbes, release their flavour in long cooking. Marjoram, cress, cicely or lemon balm may be added to fines herbes. The marjoram may be dried.
Fines herbes is used in cooking and is added to sauces, soups, meats, poultry, cheese dishes, egg dishes and butter.