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What is tarragon?

What is tarragon?

Tarragon is a delicate, green herb with long, thin pointy leaves and a singular flavor with hints of anise.

One of the signature herbs in French cooking, tarragon is a main player in the classic quartet known as fines herbes. Tarragon marries particularly well with chicken, eggs, fish and cream. It also infuses tarragon vinegar and is the most crucial ingredient in Béarnaise sauce.

French tarragon is the most aromatic and flavorful tarragon for cooking. Russian tarragon doesn't smell or taste as good (no offense, Russians). You can buy tarragon fresh in summer, but in a pinch dried tarragon will work for many recipes. Just be careful not to get carried away and use too much, since tarragon has a strong personality and a tendency to overwhelm the other ingredients when given a chance.

Fun facts about tarragon: It was once thought to cure snakebite and the famous character of Estragon the clochard in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is named after the French word for tarragon.

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