Sorry this is a couple days late....I really try to post this on Sundays, but it just couldn't happen this week. Anyway, better late than never, right?
Tarragon, a perrenial herb native to a large area of the Northern Hemisphere, from the easternmost of Europe across central and eastern Asia to India, across western North America down south into the northern parts of Mexico.
Tarragon's scent and taste wards off many garden pests, so it makes the perfect companion plant to protect other flowers and herbs in your garden.
Tarragon has been used in traditional medicines for stimulating the appetite and as a remedy for anorexia symptoms, dyspepsia, flatulence and hiccups. Scientific studies also suggest that certain compounds in tarragon helps to lower blood glucose levels. Tarragon extract may also help prevent clot formation inside narrow blood vessles of the heart and brain possibly protecting from heart attacks and strokes. They also say tarragon tea can cure insomnia.
Not widely used medicinally anymore, tarragon is cultivated for it's sweet, anise-like flavor. Besides being one of the main ingredients in French Bearnaise sauce, tarragon works well fresh in a green salad or as a flavoring base to fish, lamb and poultry.
Do you have any recipes that use tarragon? One of my favorite recipes uses this wonderful herb.....posted below if anyone would like to try it out:)