French Tarragon has been described as the “king of herbs” – A bold claim. Incidentally, I believe to be 100% true! The flavour of Tarragon is like no other herb. It is difficult to describe. However, many say that it is resembles anise (ie. Liquorice). While there is certainly some truth in this, I tend to think of it’s flavour to resemble liquorice with a small hint of mint attached to it. A rough approximation at best. To fully appreciate the wonderful flavour of Tarragon, you really need to try it.
As you may have guessed, Tarragon is my favourite herb. In fact, the presence of Tarragon in a dish absolutely screams one word to me – Gourmet! Apparently the French, as well as many other Mediterranean countries agree with me. Tarragon is the cornerstone of the classic herb mix that the French (and the rest of the world) refer to as “fines herbes”. This mix contains fresh parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil. And they put that mix in everything!
I like Tarragon so much that, well….I decided to build an entire web site about it. If you are reading this page, it is a safe assumption that you are interested in learning a little more about the herb. If you keep reading, you will find out a lot of facts and details about tarragon that are not widely known.
I have included
- Some scientific info on tarragon
- some history of the herb,
- info on growing & propagation,
- some info on using it to cook,
- some great recipes,
- a bit of trivia
A good chef understands his ingredients. So keep reading. You are about to understand Tarragon.