If you plan to grow tarragon make sure the ones you purchase are labeled French Tarragon or Culinary Tarragon, other types of tarragon do not have much flavor. Plant transplants in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Tarragon needs 1 inch of water per week and prefers a rich well drained soil. Plant tarragon in full sun to partial shade. For best growth and flavor divide tarragon every three years. Tarragon may die to the ground in colder winter climates but it will grow back in spring.Tarragon makes a wonderful container plant. Harvest leaves as needed. Tarragon can be cut 2 times during its growing season. Once during the first 6-8 weeks of transplanting and again 1 month before frosts begin.
History of Tarragon
The name tarragon is derived from the Latin dracunculus meaning "a little dragon". In the thirteenth century people were encouraged to eat tarragon when taking medication to help improve the flavor of the medicine. Tarragon was thought to cure bites from venomous animals.
Cooking With Tarragon
Tarragon leaves have a bittersweet peppery taste. Tarragon should be used sparingly due to its strong flavor. Here are some great tasting recipes using tarragon.
Medicinal Uses For Tarragon
• Infusing tarragon leaves in hot water makes a tea that works as an appetite stimulant.
• Tarragon is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iodine and mineral salts.