Tarragon

(Artemisia dranunculus) It is in the Artemisia family and tall and weedy.  The French Tarragon that is most often found as a dried culinary herb originates from southern France. It is a sweet, slightly peppery flavor which can be likened to fennel, anise, and licorice. The Russian Tarragon most often sold to gardeners has less flavor and comes originally from Siberia and Mongolia.

It has high volatile compounds that are potent as an antifungal. It contains a high level of antioxidants that are help in free radical scavenging activity. Lots of potassium, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin B3. Drinking tarragon at night can help to relieve insomnia. This herb can help regulate acid in the body, alleviate arthritis, aid in the pain of aching teeth, cuts, and sores.

Fresh tarragon is much more flavorful than the dried. Add the leaves to salads, dressings, sauces, poultry, and fish. Tarragon can also take the place of salt and pepper. Flavor intensifies with heat so use carefully.