Welcome to HowDoYouCook.com

By learning about basic ingredients and how to use them, you can create simple, quick and delicious meals your family will love!!

Friday, May 7, 2010


Tarragon is a small, shrubby herb from the sunflower family. Two species are cultivated, Russian and French. Leaves of the French variety are glossier and more pungent. Most commercial Tarragon comes from dried leaves of the French Tarragon plant. Personally, I do not care for the Russian variety, which is found in most nursery stores. Ask specifically for the French variety, if possible, as the flavor is much more bold and distinctive.

Tarragon has a slightly bittersweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise. It also contains an essential oil which tastes like anise, but this flavor is lost when the herb is dried. 

It is commonly known as a flavoring for vinegar and is used in pickles, relishes, prepared mustards, and sauces, and adds distinctive flavor to sauces. Tarragon also goes well with fish, meat, soups and stews, and is often used in tomato and egg dishes.

How To Grow -

Tarragon is a hearty, easy to grow herb. It can be grown in a pot in full sun and grows to a mature height of about 24". A single plant offers a large harvest of leaves which can be dried and kept in a jar for up to 6 months.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for visiting today. Feel free to leave a comment or question below. I'd love to hear from you!