Tarragon – French
Artemsia dracunculus

Zone: 4-7
Height: 36"

General: Upright mound of narrow, light green leaves with delightful licorice aroma and flavor. Use fresh or dried. French tarragon prefers a well-drained soil in lots of bright sunlight. Loves the heat of summer. Tastes good with chicken and fish.

Culinary Uses: Tarragons flavor is more subtle than most culinary herbs, with a taste reminiscent of licorice or anise. It is used as one of the main four 'fines herbes' in French cuisine which also includes fresh parsley, chives, and chervil. Tarragon vinegar can be used in salads. There is a sugary carbonated, tarragon-flavored soft drink that is sold in Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia. The fresh leaves have the most flavor but because it does not produce through the winter the dry leaves are still useful.

Medicinal Uses: Provides vitamins A, C, and B. It is considered a diuretic, antifungal, and antibacterial, tarragon has also been reported to improve stomach functioning, increase appetite and induce menstruation.

Ornamental Uses: The leaves of French tarragon are narrow and have a fresh green color. The flowers are tiny, pale green, and sterile.

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