Tarragon (artemisia dracunculus) is an aromatic herb with a slight licorice flavor. The main species is French tarragon, native to southern Europe and Asia but grows in most temperate climates worldwide. Russian tarragon is larger and stronger growing but offers little aroma and has no culinary use. French Tarragon is the distinctive flavor in Classic Bernaise sauce and the flavor pairs well with meats, fish, poultry and even eggs.
One of my favorite uses for tarragon is to combine it with garlic, olive oil, kosher salt, and one or other two herbs in my garden like rosemary and a little bit of sage I make a slurry (paste) and use it in my favorite pork loin roast recipe.
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This herb is easy to grow and makes a nice addition to your herb garden. Purchase small nursery plants in early spring and plant after the last frost. You can also grow tarragon in a sunny window. You can purchase live tarragon in small pots, or tarragon seed at Amazon.com.