Name: Tarragon

Latin Name: Artemisia dracunculus sativa

Description

The tarragon herb, also known as dragon wort, is a very popular culinary herb used as flavouring agent, especially in the Mediterranean cuisines. This aromatic perennial growing herb is rich in phytonutrients as well antioxidants that help promote health and prevent diseases.

Botanically, tarragon belongs within the family of Asteraceae, in the genus: Artemisia, and known scientifically as Artemisia dracunculus sativa. The herb is thought to have originated in the Central Asia region, probably in Siberia.

French tarragon leaves can be available fresh during late spring and summer season.

Try to by buy fresh leaves whenever possible for better flavour and nutritional benefits. Check out our seasonal calendar for when best to buy here 

Once at home, wash the leaves in clean running water, pat dry with kitchen paper and store inside the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator for immediate use. Dried tarragon, however, should be stored inside an airtight container and stored in cool dark place where it will last for up to six months.

 

Cooking

Fresh tarragon herb should be washed before use in cooking. In general the herb is added in small amounts to recipes at the last moment in order to retain flavour and taste. It acts as a great flavour enhancer for salads.

Health Benefits

Tarragon has numerous health benefits containing phyto-nutrients that are indispensable for optimum health.

Traditionally, tarragon has been employed as a traditional remedy to stimulate appetite and alleviate anorexic symptoms.

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History & Tradition

Tarragon herb has been used in various traditional medicines for stimulating the appetite and as a remedy for anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence, and hiccups.