Tarragon

Tarragon

Tarragon is loved by Kings and Cooks throughout the world.

There are two varieties of Tarragon available on the market. French tarragon and Russian tarragon. The first one is usually found in the spice rack at your local grocery store. The second one is the one that will most likely be sold to you at your favorite plant store. If you are growing it from seeds, it is the Russian variety. French tarragon must be propagated from cuttings or root divisions. If you are going to plant your own herb, always try to get the French version. It has a more pronounced spicy, sweet, slightly peppery flavor

Tarragon is an aromatic herb with an aroma reminiscent of freshly cut hay, licorice and mint. It is most appreciated in French cooking. When we think of Bearnaise sauce which is a kicked up, more flavorful version on Hollandaise Sauce, that is the herb that makes the difference.

Tarragon can offer temporary relief from oral pain such as a toothache, just chew on a few fresh leaves when needed. It is reported that a tea made with a few leaves may help prevent heart disease. Of course that is only going to be enjoyable if you like the taste of licorice. It isĀ  also reported to be a good fighter of free radicals helping to prevent their damage.

This herb lends itself very well with fish, but be forewarned, a little goes a long way, if you are lucky enough to be working with the French Tarragon. This is a herb that you want to add later in the cooking process, not because it looses its flavor but because heat intensifies its flavor.

While it is not a popular herb in America, I believe that is because people have forgotten how to use it. A nice way to become familiar with this herb is to make Tarragon Vinegar or an oil infused with it. It really is a wonderful herb that deserves a little more respect.

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4 Responses to Tarragon

  1. Caro Ness
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    I LOVE tarragon!
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    • It is a wonderful herb that does not get used in the States all that much except
      in the fine dinning restaurants. And that is a shame because it has such a unique
      flavor.
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  2. Amy
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    Do you grow tarragon, Chef? If so, do you remember where you got the starts? I’ve never cooked with it much, but I’d like to add it to my herb garden.
    Amy recently posted..Everything that was old is new again: Romertopf cookingMy Profile

    • I am very lucky that I live only a coupe of miles from an organic garden center
      that is ran by a couple that are really into vegetable and herb bedding plants.
      Going a couple of miles in the other direction from my house is a very large
      greenhouse complex that imports plants from all over the world for resale. Between
      the two, I can get just about anything. I will be visiting them in about another
      month to see what surprises they have for me this year.
      William H Chaney recently posted..TarragonMy Profile

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