Tarragon | More Information On This Herb

Tarragon has a unique, delicious and piquant flavour that is indispensable to the classic cuisine of France. The French variety is a selected form of exceptional flavour. It rarely sets seed, especially in cool climates. although it may produce tiny, greenish, ball shaped inflorescences. Its slender, linear leaves are warmly aromatic, with a complex fragrance and taste that blends sweet anise, basil and resinous undertones. The Russian variety regularly flowers and sets viable seeds. It often improves the flavour the longer it is grown, but seed-grown Russian plants have an earthy balsamic scent.

Béarnaise Sauce Tarragon
Béarnaise Sauce

French tarragon is cold-hardy and drought-resistant, and can grow in high summer temperatures. It is, however, very susceptible to high humidity. Avoid overhead watering. Propagate French tarragon by tip cuttings in spring and early autumn, or by root division. Harvest foliage until mid-autumn.

French tarragons flavour diffuses rapidly through cooked dishes, so use it carefully. Use it fresh with fish and shellfish, turkey, chicken, game, veal and egg dishes. Use chopped leaves in salad dressings, fines herbes, mustard, ravigote and béchamel sauces, sauce verte and mayonnaise. Oil of tarragon is used in commercial salad dressings, beverages, confections and mustards.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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  1. Love the flavour of tarragon – I find I can’t over winter French Tarragon which is a shame as I prefer it to the Russian.

  2. Where would I find tarragon if I wanted to grow it? Does it tend to spread, or can it be kept in a garden without too much worry about it taking over?

    1. You don’t need to worry about it and it will not spread. Mine has grown back every year for the past 7 years and I really do nothing more than water it. I got mine from a local nursery 🙂

  3. oh we miss tarragon after looking at all those delicious dishes….here it is hard to get it fresh…a very unique spice,love it 🙂

    1. I have some dried and it stays quite strong for some time, so it is worth looking for it in the stores if you can find some 🙂

    1. Please let me know what you thought of the chickpeas. I have grown tarragon for years as I love using it for my roast chicken 🙂

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