Italian seasoning

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Italian herb mix

Italian seasoning is a blend of ground herbs that commonly includes some combination of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, garlic powder, sage, or coriander. The blend varies by brand, with many having vague, nonspecific ingredient lists.

Despite the name it is an American creation,[1] as pre-blended, dry herbs are not very common in Italy itself. However salamoia Bolognese consists of rosemary, sage, garlic, salt, and black pepper.[2]

Flavor Descriptions[edit]

  • Basil: Basil has a slightly spicy, fresh and sweet taste. It also offers an aromatic experience.[3]
  • Oregano: Oregano has an earthy, bitter flavor with a pungent smell.[4]
  • Rosemary: Rosemary can taste bitter with woodsy, pine, and citrus notes. Rosemary also has a very green, earthy smell.[5]
  • Garlic powder: Garlic powder can be used as a substitute for garlic. It provides a savory flavor to the dish. [6]
  • Sage: Sage has earthy and citrus notes with a hint of spice.[7]
  • Coriander: Despite coriander and cilantro coming from the same plant, they have very different flavor profiles. Coriander can be described as earthy, sweet, and light in flavor.[8]
  • Thyme: Thyme has minty, citrus, and earthy based flavors.[9]
  • Marjoram: Marjoram has sweeter and delicate notes that are not overpowering.[10]

Popular food with Italian seasoning[edit]

  • Pizza
  • Soup
  • Meat Dishes (for marinading, grilling, and roasting)
  • Salad Dressing
  • Bread

Pop Culture[edit]

Emeril Lagasse has contributed to the world of TV and cooking. Lagasse has been on many competitive cooking shows on top of being a very successful author. He has many cooking books detailing step by step instructions of his own recipes.[11] He created his own brand of spices and seasoning, including an Italian seasoning blend. Some of his other products include sauces, dips and salsas, dry rubs, and pantry products.[12]


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  2. ^ "Salamoia bolognese". Bruno Barbieri (in Italian). 14 May 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. ^ Person. “Basil Uses, Pairings and Recipes.” McCormick, 26 Apr. 2023,,location%20with%20well%2Ddraining%20soil.,location%20with%20well%2Ddraining%20soil.
  4. ^ McCormick Science Institute. “Oregano.” McCormick Science Institute,,imparts%20a%20slightly%20astringent%20mouthfeel. Accessed 4 Aug. 2023.,imparts%20a%20slightly%20astringent%20mouthfeel.
  5. ^ Collins, A. (2021, December 31). What Does Rosemary Taste Like? - A Full Description About It. Good Tasting Meals.
  6. ^ Max, C. (2020, June 30). What is Garlic Powder?
  7. ^ (n.d.). Everything You Need to Know About Sage. Allrecipes. Retrieved August 5, 2023, from
  8. ^ Slofoodgroup. (n.d.). Exploring the Flavor Profile of Coriander. Slofoodgroup. Retrieved August 5, 2023, from
  9. ^ Anne. “What Does Thyme Taste Like?” Simple And Savory, 11 Nov. 2022,
  10. ^ “Marjoram: Herb Plant Cooking Tips and Uses.” North Shore Living®, 17 June 2020,
  11. ^ “Essential Emeril.” Emerils.Com, Accessed 4 Aug. 2023.
  12. ^ “Our Products.” Emerils.Com, Accessed 4 Aug. 2023.