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Tarragon

Description

Tarragon is the dried leaves of the herb Artemisia dracunculus. The slender dark-green leaves have a pleasant anise-like flavor and aroma.

Uses

Tarragon blends well with other herbs. It is used in sauces, especially béarnaise sauce, egg dishes, salad dressings and tarragon vinegar. In French cuisine it is an integral part of fines herbes and Dijon mustard.




Origins

The primary sources of tarragon are France and California. Both have a similar flavor, but California tarragon has a greener, more uniform color and is cleaner in flavor.

Folklore

The English word "tarragon" originates from the French word estragon or "little dragon," which is derived from the Arabic tarkhun. Some believe the herb was given this name because of its supposed ability to cure the bites of venomous reptiles, while others believe the plant was so named because of its coiled, serpent-like roots. Although alluded to briefly in the 13th century as a seasoning for vegetables, a sleep-inducing drug and a breath sweetener, tarragon did not become well known until the 16th century.

tarragon, herb, Artemisia dracunculus plant

    Color

    Green

    Flavor & Aroma

    Licorice-like

    Sensory Profile

    Tarragon has an aromatic, licorice-like flavor and aroma. It is characteristically minty, earthy and green.

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      Comments
      MAUREEN219 
      Mar. 21, 2010 1:06 pm
      What would be a good substitute for tarragon??
       
      Deb 
      Apr. 5, 2010 5:09 pm
      perhaps chervil or fennel
       
      May 25, 2011 12:57 pm
      Fennel or anise seed would work well.
       
      Jun. 3, 2013 10:28 am
      thanks for the advice ,i will try fennel,risky my husbandn hates licorice!!!!
       
      Apr. 10, 2014 7:43 am
      What spice can I substitute for tarragon?
       
       
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