French Tarragon is the aristocrat of fresh herbs, a chef's best friend, and a must for any "
Culinary Herb Garden"! It has a spicy anise flavor that will transform an ordinary dish into a work of art. A little tarragon in chicken salad makes a profound difference! It is wonderful in sauces, soups and meat dishes. Try it with vegetables. It is the choice for any hearty dish. Fresh tarragon is also the traditional ingredient of 'Fines Herbes'.
Historically, Tarragon was used to soothe stomach aches, toothaches, and cure colic. The belief that it cured snakebites prompted early travelers to carry Tarragon in their boots in case of an emergency. The antibacterial and anti fungal properties to Tarragon are what really make this herb medicinally special.
Tagetes 'Mexican Mint Marigold' can also be a great substitution in dishes for Tarragon.
Tarragon enjoys full sun and well-drained soil. The key to healthy tarragon plants is well-drained soil. Try planting in a porous container where you have more control over the moisture levels. It likes it dry.
For your own
'Fines Herbes' garden, plant along side thymes and parsleys!
Characteristics: A wonderful culinary herb with a spicy anise flavor.
Light: Tarragon loves sunshine. It will thrive in full sun.
Water: Let tarragon thoroughly dry out before you give it a deep watering.
Soil: Tarragon likes well-drained soil of average quality. I always plant my tarragon in a porous pot to help control moisture levels.
Use: This is a delicious culinary herb. Try in your next meat or vegetable dish.