Tarragon is a family of the Sunflower family and there are two different Tarragon, Russian and French descendants. However, when you shop and pick up some Tarragon for your favorite pantry or recipe, it is almost guaranteed that you have just chosen the dried leaves of the Tarragon plant because that is the most commonly used and sold for commercial purposes.
Tarragon has a slightly bitter taste to it, almost like an anise with a little taste of licorice for him. Tarragon does not have a long history behind him like most other herbs because it was not brought to the United States until the 19th century. There is indeed some mention about being used in England long before that time though. Traditionally, Tarragon is used to give flavor like vinegar, relish, pickle, mustard, and various other sauces.
The word Tarragon comes from French which means "little dragon." There are two beliefs about how this epithet appears; The first is that since the beginning of the age it was thought Tarragon had the ability to heal a poisonous snake bite. The other thought got this name because of the different roots of Tarragon's plant which is very similar to a snake.
However, sometime in the early 13th-century Tarragon became widely used for vegetable spice, stimulating sleep, and as a breath freshener. It was not until the 16th century that Tarragon became more widely known. Tarragon sold in the US today is not the actual Tarragon but rather the somewhat Russian Tarragon. Tarragon is right to be called Tarragon France and if you want to make sure that's what you get, it's best to develop it yourself.
It is not recommended to use dry tarragon as all active oil has been dried. It is best to use fresh Tarragon that needs to be used somewhat sparingly because of its spicy flavor. If you've grown your own Tarragon and have harvested it then put it in a Ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. When it's time to use it, there's no need to melt but remember that the heat intensifies the taste of Tarragon. If you have ever used Béarnaise Sauce, you should recognize that Tarragon is the main ingredient in it.
Tarragon is used when preparing many sauces. In an emergency, it is said that the replacement can be done chervil, a little fennel seed, or anise but it will not be the same.
Many claims that Tarragon works well to induce appetite and Tarragon's roots were once used to cure toothaches. This is related to the use of medications for the aid of digestion and also for the prevention of heart disease. This can be used to induce menstruation and can be used as a sales substitute for people with high blood pressure. The goals of further treatment include the use of hyperactive depression, and as an anti-bacterial aid for wounds and abrasions.
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