Herbs De Provence; A French Tradition

Herbes de Provence is a fragrant mixture of dried herbs typical of southern French cooking. Exact recipes vary, but thyme, savory, rosemary and an aniseed-scented herb such as fennel or tarragon are typical ingredients. Marjoram or basil may also be included in the mixture.

Splendor Garden Organic Herbs De Provence ‘Salt Free’ includes Basil, Fennel Seed, Lavender Flowers, Marjoram, Tarragon and Thyme Leaves!

Herbs De Provence

Herbes de Provence: Herbes de Provence is a blend of common herbs from the Provence region in France. Provence is the southeast tip of France, bordering on Italy and encompassing the French Riviera. These tradition herbs were first combined in the 1970’s, and like curries there is no set formula for blending Herbs De Provence. Herbs De Provence can include any of the following herbs, or not: rosemary, lavender, basil, thyme, marjoram, bay leaf, chervil, sage, savory, fennel, oregano, dill, tarragon….pretty much anything you might find in your pantry. Herbs De Provence is traditionally used as a rub or to season meats, vegetables and fish. Lavender flowers are common in the blends of herbs De Provence you’ll find here in the U.S., but traditional herbs De Provence does not typically include them. They were added to appease the tourists who identify Provence with the many fields of lavender there.

Herbes de Provence is popular for grilled foods, but can also be used for roasting or in soups, gravies or stews. It is rarely used as a seasoning after cooking, like salt or pepper. Cooking brings out the flavors of the herbs. In Provence where these herbs grow easily the blend can be made from fresh herbs, and used by the handful. They can be tossed on hot coals when grilling fish, meat or vegetables to add a smokey flavor. Dried herbs are equally effective and are more common in the herbs de Provence blends you’ll find in the U.S.. In the fancier markets herbs de Provence is sold in clay crocks, but today for convenience it is usually sold in the spice rack right next to other common herbs.

Herbes de Provence Facts:

  • Herbes de Provence is a blend of common herbs from the Provence region in southeast France.
  • Herbes de Provence can contain lavender, basil, marjoram, sage, savory, fennel, oregano and other herbs
  • Herbes de Provence is traditionally sold in small clay crocks
  • Traditional recipe starts with rosemary, thyme and bay leaf
  • In Provence it can be made of fresh herbs
  • In the U.S. lavender is a common ingredient
  • Popular with grilled meats and vegetables
  • Can be thrown on coals when grilling

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Black Pepper Brownies

Black Pepper Brownies

I love how the black pepper makes this sweet treat into a decadent, adultified version. The black pepper heightens the flavor of the chocolate to a whole new level and while you image it would be spicy hot, it’s not, it’s spicy GOOOOOD! Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed. Not. One. Bit.

Black pepper caramel brownies – rich chocolate brownies get a hint of spice from a hefty dose of black pepper, enhancing their absolute decadence.
Yield: 16 brownies
For the brownies
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (I used Organic Coconut Oil and it was fantastic)
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Splendor Garden Organic Black Pepper Ground
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
For the caramel
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fleur de sel, for sprinkling
  1. To make the brownies, heat oven to 325. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan, line with parchment paper, and then grease the paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, pepper, and baking powder in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and eggs. Add the melted butter to the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth. Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake until just set, 24-26 minutes. Set on a rack to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, make the caramel. Add the water to a medium saucepan. Add the sugar to the pan, making sure it is moistened with the water. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until the caramel is a medium amber color, about 5-6 minutes. Slowly stir in the cream, whisking constantly. Add the butter and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth and slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes more. Whisk in the vanilla. Pour the caramel over the brownies and spread evenly.
  5. Let cool, in the pan, for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

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Organic Black Pepper Ground – The King of Spice!

Organic Black Pepper Ground


Often referred as “king of spice”, black pepper has been an incredibly popular spice since ancient times. Peppercorn is native to the tropical evergreen rain forest of South Indian state, Kerala, from where it spread to rest of the world through Indian and Arab traders. Pepper fruit, also known as the peppercorn, is actually a berry obtained from pepper plant.

Dried ground pepper has been used since antiquity for both its flavour and as a traditional medicine. Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. It is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world. The spiciness of black pepper is due to the chemical piperine, not to be confused with the capsaicin characteristic of chili peppers. Black pepper is ubiquitous in the modern world as a seasoning and is often paired with salt.

Black Pepper Ground

Health benefits of black pepper

  • Peppercorns contain an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Black peppers have been in use since centuries for their anti-inflammatory and anti-flatulent properties.
  • Peppercorns composed of health benefiting essential oils such as piperine, which gives it its strong spicy pungent character.
  • The above-mentioned active principles in the peppercorns may increase gut motility as well as digestion power. It has also been found that piperine can increase absorption of selenium, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, as well as other nutrients from the food.
  • Black peppercorns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood.



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Splendor Garden Top Secret Hamburger Patties

Today, we’re going to let you in on a little secret. Shhhh… Our Top Secret Hamburger Patties are mouth-watering good. What makes them so good? The Splendor Garden herbs and spices of course! Our line of seasonings are so much more flavorful, that our recipes are SO MUCH MORE flavorful too.

The Splendor Garden Top Secret Hamburger Patties are oh so good and they’re flexible too. If you don’t like one of the ingredients, simply switch it out for something you do like!

We’ve always been advocates for real food. No boxed burgers here! Just simple, homemade, know what’s in it, delicious food.

Splendor Garden Top Secret Hamburger Patties

Splendor Garden Patties

Splendor Garden Top Secret Hamburger Patties

Makes 4 Hamburger Patties

Mix all of the ingredients together and form into 4 healthy sized patties. Place them on a plate and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to allow for the flavors to meld and the patties to solidify again. BBQ to your preferred doneness and enjoy with a fresh Kaiser bun and all of your favorite fixins.

The secret to this recipe is the Organic Steak & Grill Seasoning. It has Bell Pepper (Red), Caraway Seed, Coriander, Dill Seed, Garlic, Mustard, Orange Peel, Paprika, Pepper Black, Roasted Garlic, Sea Salt and Vegetable Oil.

Steak & Grill Seasoning

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Splendor Garden Herb & Spice Features

Did you know that each package of Splendor Garden brand spices, herbs and seasonings has a resealable sticker on the back that can be used to label one of our refillable containers or a favorite of your own?

It’s super handy when keeping your herbs and spices fresher, longer. Simply peel the Splendor Garden Leaf Label off the back of your package and use it wherever you like. You’ll always know what’s in the tin!

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Shop our accessory catalog today for spice tins and grinder bottles. You’ll love them and they’re perfect for the repositionable bag labels.




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Benefits of Cleansing Parsley Tea

Parsley Tea may be the cleansing tea you are searching for. The extensive list of health benefits makes this brew a must try!

Cleansing Parsley Tea

Beautytips4her.com writes:

“The tea made me feel more energetic, especially in the mornings, so it must have strengthened my immune system! Parsley is one of the most important herbs in providing vitamins to the body! It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C. The herb is rich in enzymes and it boosted my digestive system, therefore, my skin got clearer and brighter. I definitely feel healthier and it helped to flush the toxins out of my body.”

Parsley tea has diuretic effects, is antioxidant-rich and flavonoid-rich.

“Parsley is one of those miracle herbs that protect you from almost anything. Two years ago, I used to struggle with skin blemishes due to breakouts and when I consulted my friend who is a holistic practitioner, she told me to try drinking the parsley tea as blemishes can be a sign of liver malfunction and this herb is a powerful antioxidant that cleanse and works effectively in detoxifying kidneys and liver. I did follow her advice and started to notice my skin and hair suddenly looked healthier than ever.”


She goes on to list it’s health benefits:

Benefits of Parsley Tea

parsley tea

  • It is an antioxidant, which means it flushes out toxins from the body.
  • It is rich in vitamin C, which supports the absorption of iron in the body; thus, parsley tea cures anemia.
  • Parsley carries high levels of beta carotene, folate and vitamin B12. This enables it to enhance and stimulate the assimilation and nutrient utilizing ability of organs.
  • One of the biggest parsley tea benefits is its assistance in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism.
  • It maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels and also helps in repairing their wear and tear.
  • It is rich in enzymes that boosts the digestive system and excretory system.
  • It promotes the digestion of fats and proteins that further helps in intestinal absorption.
  • It helps in liver assimilation and storage.
  • It helps in treating gum problems.
  • It relieves excessive gas from the alimentary canal.
  • It contains apiol, a constituent of female sex hormone called estrogen. It helps in bringing regularity in menstrual cycles.
  • It assists in easing menstrual cramps.
  • Parsley tea has high content of chlorophyll. Therefore, it assists the body in getting rid of harmful, pathogenic micro-organism.
  • It helps the lungs to discharge residues that keep accumulating in it due to environmental pollution.
  • Parsley tea is also known to inhibit cancerous tumor growth.

Caution: Parsley tea should not be given to pregnant women as it acts as a uterus stimulant. Parsley tea is abundant in oxalic acid. Thus, it should not be given to patients of kidney inflammation as it may cause the formation of kidney stones. As with anything, always consult your health practitioner if you are unsure if you should consume parsley tea.

  • The tea made me feel more energetic, especially in the mornings, so it must have strengthened my immune system! Parsley is one of the most important herbs in providing vitamins to the body! It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C. The herb is rich in enzymes and it boosted my digestive system, therefore, my skin got clearer and brighter. I definitely feel healthier and it helped to flush the toxins out of my body.

Cleansing Parsley Tea


Place approximately 1/8 cup of fresh parsley in an infusion basket. Put the basket into a cup or tea pot and pour 1 cup of filtered boiling water over it. Allow to steep for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the basket to remove the parsley. You may want to sweeten with honey and a fresh bit of lemon juice to enhance the flavor. Enjoy!

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Honey Balsamic Dressing with a Twist!

Access to fresh organic produce during this time of year is so easy. Clear across Canada, people are harvesting from their gardens and visiting farmers markets to pick seasonal, fresh, delicious items.

Crisp deep green spinach, soft buttery lettuce, sweet green onions, gorgeously plump radish, oh my! With all of the fresh ingredients, make a salad today and top it with this scrumptious Honey Balsamic Dressing – with a twist!

Last nights garden harvest!

Last nights garden harvest!

Honey Balsamic Dressing with a Twist!

Try this easy salad dressing to enhance the flavour of the season!

  • 1 minced Shallot (or substitute for 1/2 tsp onion powder in a pinch)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salmon Seasoning

Honey Balsamic Dressing

Combine shallot, mustard, honey, balsamic vinegar and Salmon Seasoning in a blender, and blend until smooth. Gradually add the olive oil until emulsified. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Health Benefits of Parsley

Using herbs and spices like parsley in cooking is a great way to boost the flavor and look of a dish without adding sodium, but also a way to provide additional nutrients and health benefits at the same time.

Though traditionally overlooked as just a garnish, parsley is a giant amongst other herbs in terms of health benefits, and in such small amounts too. A sprinkle of parsley can not only make your meals tastier, but also make your body healthier. Try the Splendor Garden Organic Parsley Today!


According to www.healthdiaries.com there are 6 main health benefits from consuming parsley:

6 Health Benefits of Parsley

  1. Anti-Cancer Studies show that myristicin, an organic compound found in the essential oil of parsley, not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps the molecule glutathione attach to, and fight against, oxidized molecules.
  2. Antioxidants Parsley is rich with an antioxidant arsenal that includes luteolin, a flavanoid that searches out and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells. Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, two tablespoons of parsley contain 16% of the RDA of vitamin C and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A – two powerful antioxidants.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory Along with luteolin, the vitamin C found in parsley serves as an effective anti-inflammatory agent within the body. When consumed regularly, they combat the onset of inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis (the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone) and rheumatoid arthritis (a disease causing inflammation in the joints).
  4. Healthy Immune System The vitamin C and vitamin A found in parsley serve to strengthen the body’s immune system, though in different ways. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen, the main structural protein found in connective tissue. This essential nutrient will not only accelerate the body’s ability to repair wounds, but also maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin A, on the other hand, fortifies the entry points into the human body, such as mucous membranes, the lining of the eyes, and respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Moreover, lymphocytes, or white blood cells, rely on vitamin A to fight infection in the body.
  5. A Healthy Heart Homocysteine, an amino acid that occurs in the body, threatens the body’s blood vessels when its levels become too high. Luckily, the folate (or vitamin B9) found in parsley helps convert homocysteine into harmless molecules. A regular garnish of parsley can help ward off cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
  6. Vitamin K Two tablespoons of parsley have a whopping 153% of the RDA of vitamin K, which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Finally, the vitamin K found in parsley is essential for synthesizing sphingolipid, the fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves, and therefore our nervous system as a whole.

Overall, consuming foods that are high in nutrients is an excellent choice to bettering your health. Also, consuming parsley makes your breath fresher! Bonus.

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Salmon Seasoning – Did You Know?

We love this article by Annie Hauser at Everyday Health. It explains the many benefits of eating fish twice a week. And if you weren’t sold on “heart health boosting, waist slimming” properties, adding our Salmon Seasoning to your next catch will surely change you mind. The delicious ingredients include Anise Seed, Cayenne, Citric Acid, Dill Weed, Fennel, Garlic, Lemon Peel, Onion, Paprika, Pepper Black, Sea Salt. Try it today!

salmon seasoning

7 Life Enhancing Reasons to Eat Fish by Annie Hauser, Senior Editor of Everyday Health

Fish has a reputation for being low calorie, high protein “brain food,” thanks to the long strands of polyunsaturated essential omega-3 fatty acids (popularly referred to as “omega-3s”) found in fish oil.

The human body can’t naturally produce omega-3s, but yet they’re needed for a healthy body, inside and out. Although the link between omega-3s and heart health has long been known, several new studies present even more evidence that fish high in fatty acids is essential for total-body wellness.

The good news is if you’re not a fish fan, most new research indicates that eating fish only once or twice a week can be enough to reap the benefits. Meanwhile, the National Institute of Health recommends that people consume at least 2 percent of their total daily calories as omega-3 fatty acids, which equals about 4 grams per day. One four-ounce piece of salmon (one of the highest natural sources of omega-3s) contains about 1.5 grams of the fatty acid. Other fish, such as tuna, sardines, and halibut, also contains high levels. If you don’t eat animal products or have trouble fitting fish into your diet, you can get your daily recommended amount of fatty acids through omega-3 DHA/fish oil supplements. Although new data from Consumer Reports suggests that more Americans are buying omega-3 supplements than ever before, the doctor-recommended way to consume the health benefits of fish is still by eating the real thing.

If the heart-health-boosting, waist-slimming properties weren’t reasons enough to eat more fish, here are seven more ways adding a dose of fish to your diet can improve your health.

  1. Prevent Heart Disease: A Danish study of 49,000 women that was published Monday in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association found that women who ate little to no fish had 50 percent more heart problems than those who ate fish at least once per week. Additionally, researchers found that women who rarely ate fish had a three-fold higher disease risk than those who ate it often. Other research has found that eating fish high in omega-3s can slash blood fat levels, which can contribute to a lower heart-disease risk.
  2. Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk: Eating fish as little as once a week can help preserve gray-matter neurons — the part of the brain linked to memory and cognition — according to a new study presented last month at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Researchers found that people who eat baked or broiled — but not fried — fish had larger brains and larger cells in the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Scientists believe the larger brain volume can help lower the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Improve Skin and Hair: One of the biggest drawbacks to a low-fat diet is you often deprive your skin and hair of the healthy fat it needs, leaving it dull and dry. The omega-3s in fish are exactly the type of healthy fat to eat to keep your skin looking nourished and your hair shiny. Research has also linked fish and omega-3 consumption to treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis.
  4. Ease Depression: Several studies have found that when taken along with prescription antidepressant medications, the omega-3s in fish are more effective at treating depression that just prescription medication alone. One study of 52 pregnant women found that taking a 300 mg capsule of omega-3s during pregnancy significantly reduced the women’s risk of postpartum depression.
  5. Boost Brain Development: The EFA omega-3 found in salmon and other nutrient-rich fish are essential nutrients for children because they contribute to brain development. Some studies have even found that omega-3 consumption can help soothe symptoms of ADHD. Experts recommend, however, that parents ask their pediatrician before introducing supplements to a child’s diet.
  6. Dose of Vitamin D: Saltwater fish is a sun-less source of vitamin D, which scientists say can help ward off disease, promote bone health, and with the help of the omega-3s in fish, ward off cognitive decline. Just one three-ounce serving of salmon contains 75 percent of your daily recommended amount of the vitamin.
  7. Stronger Sperm: A recent study of 188 men found that those who ate more fresh fish — along with other healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains — had stronger swimmers than those who ate unhealthy diets. Researchers say that more study needs to be done, but preliminary data shows that the better the participant’s diet, the stronger the shape and mobility of the sperm he produced.

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