What is tarragon?

What Does tarragon Mean

The Greek word drákōn , which can be translated as “dragon” , came to Syriac as ṭarẖon or ṭarkon , which in turn derived from the Arabic ṭarẖūn . This term became the French tarragon , the closest etymological antecedent of tarragon .

Tarragon is an aromatic herb that is used as a condiment . Scientific name Artemisia dracunculus , it has stems of up to eighty centimeters, lanceolate leaves and yellow flowers.
Traditionally, tarragon is attributed laxative, diuretic, antiseptic and carminative properties , among others. In ancient times the recommended consumption of tarragon to treat scurvy and pain of toothache.

Today the use of tarragon occurs mainly in the culinary field . Tarragon can be used fresh or dried.
The French gastronomy uses tarragon frequently. This spice is used to flavor oils , vinegars and alcoholic beverages, for example. Its use is also important in herbal mixtures such as bouquet garni and Provencal herbs .
The chicken tarragon is one of the most popular recipes with this seasoning. Another well-known preparation is the Béarnaise sauce , made with lard (butter), egg yolk, vinegar, wine, shallot and tarragon and used to accompany meats and vegetables.
It should be noted that tarragon is not only present in French cuisine. In the Arabic salad known as tabouleh , tabbule or tabbouleh , tarragon is one of the central ingredients, along with lemon juice, bulgur wheat, tomato , lettuce and olive oil. The tabouleh is served cold.

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