Growing, harvesting and enjoying the benefits of tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

By Hervé , on July 27, 2021 , updated on April 21, 2023 - 4 minutes to read

Does tarragon grow back?

Grow your own tarragon These clumps can be divided before planting. ... If you want the plant to grow for several years and thus keep it longer, it is best to plant it from the ground in pots provided for this purpose to avoid the risk of frost.

When to harvest tarragon?

Harvesting Tarragon Leaves are harvested as needed, from July until the first frost.

What combination with tarragon?

E ... for tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) Along with chervil and parsley, one of the classic herbs, it goes well with white meats and eggs. Its slightly spicy and slightly aniseed flavour goes particularly well with fish, chicken, shellfish and omelettes.

Where to put the tarragon?

It is one of the "fine herbs" (like chives, chervil, parsley, etc.) and can be used in bouquets for stews and casseroles. Often associated with chicken, it is used under the skin of all poultry where it can develop its full flavour.

How to preserve tarragon from the garden?

Storing Tarragon Tarragon can be stored for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator, wrapped in a damp paper towel or in a perforated bag. To preserve its flavor, freeze it: chop the leaves and place them in ice cube trays.

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When to plant tarragon in the ground?

Sow tarragon from February to May: Sow under warm cover (at 18-20°C) from the end of February to April. Sow in the garden from mid-May, after the end of the frosts.

How to reduce the amount of tarragon?

How to prune tarragon? Do not prune tarragon clumps before winter, as the dried stems will hold the mulch while protecting the base of the stems. Do not prune before March-April.

What are the benefits of tarragon?

In herbal medicine, tarragon is mainly known for its digestive properties. It has the ability to relieve stomach cramps. The consumption of an infusion of tarragon leaves stimulates the appetite and the secretion of gastric juices.

How to make tarragon tea?

Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of tarragon leaves. Cover and let infuse for 5 to 7 minutes. Strain and serve.

What are the benefits of thyme?

Its leaves, stem and essential oil are appreciated for their antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (prevents spasms of the digestive system) and expectorant (decongests the respiratory tract) effects.

Tarragon is a low-maintenance aromatic perennial. For optimum growth, we recommend planting in full sun or part shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Water regularly, but not excessively, to avoid fungal diseases.

Harvesting takes place as soon as the leaves are sufficiently developed. Simply cut the stems with scissors or pruning shears. Tarragon can be used fresh or dried to flavor your favorite dishes or to make tea.

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