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Tarragon: what you need to know about this very particular spice


Tarragon is a spice that is still little known but truly precious. Let's find out everything there is to know about it.

When we talk about tarragon , we mean one of the most ductile and tasty spices that can be used in the kitchen. Rich in beneficial properties, it is distinguished in two different varieties which are that of the Russian or Siberian tarragon and that of the French tarragon.
The first is stronger but with a less decisive aroma while the second is much more aromatic but with extremely delicate leaves.

What are the properties of tarragon

Going to its many properties, tarragon, just like the most famous curry , is a truly rich plant and therefore beneficial for the body.


Among the most important, we mention:

– It is a powerful digestive
– Its leaves relieve toothache
– Acts as an antiseptic
– Counteracts sore throat
– Promotes the purification of the organism
– It seems to heal from poisonous snakes

We also remember that tarragon is a natural flavor enhancer . Reason why, its contribution in the kitchen is really valuable, especially if you are on a diet or trying to stay healthy.

How to use tarragon in cooking

Now that we know what are the main reasons why the consumption of tarragon is recommended, it may be useful to understand how to use it in the kitchen.
First of all it is important to know that if its aroma is too strong, it is sufficient to dry it to lighten it and thus make it more usable.

Having said that, tarragon is excellent when added to salads or when preparing some sauces such as tartare and Béarnaise. Excellent for flavoring eggs , meat or fish, it also goes well with vegetables such as potatoes, onions, asparagus and tomatoes. Those who love flavored foods will appreciate adding it to butter or cream to make different dishes tastier.

Where to find tarragon

In Italy it is difficult to find spontaneous cultivations of tarragon. For this reason, the only way to have a good supply of it in the kitchen is to grow it. If you want to grow it at home, you can buy it at a nursery , making sure it's organic. Once this is done, it will be enough to make it grow and take care of it in the best possible way.

To plant it you have to wait for the period between March and April and choose a fertile soil where it is possible to dig deep enough. Furthermore, it needs a lot of light, which is why it is particularly important to find a strategic point at home. Another possibility is to grow tarragon in pots, remembering that the right time to harvest it is between May and June. By doing so, the tarragon will be available for at least 4 years . After this period of time, it will tend to lose its aroma, which is why it is important to get a new one and start all over again.

Making use of tarragon is certainly useful and beneficial for health. And from today, it will be even easier to have it in the kitchen, fully enjoying its aroma and all the good things it can do for both our dishes and health.

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