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A Few Words About French Tarragon

A Few Words About French Tarragon©

By Arlene Wright-Correll

Often we get questions about Tarragon and whether it is French or Russian and what to do with it or how to use it.  So here are our answers.

We grow great French Tarragon at Home Farm Herbery where it's often added to white wine vinegar, lending sweet, delicate licorice-like perfume and flavor. It pairs well with fish, omelets, and chicken cooked with mustard, and it's a crucial component of béarnaise sauce.

Though this herb is native to Siberia and western Asia, tarragon is primarily used in France.

French tarragon isn't always easy to find, but when you get it, you'll love the bittersweet, peppery taste it imparts.

Heat diminishes its flavor, so add tarragon toward the end of cooking, or use it as a garnish. A little goes a long way!

Tarragon is a bittersweet herb with a hint of licorice flavor, but too much can overwhelm your recipe.

1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon = 1 teaspoon dried.

Dried tarragon should be kept in a sealed container in a cool, dark place and used within 1 year.

Heat greatly intensifies the flavor of tarragon, both fresh and dried. 

Tarragon is also a good herb to use in infused oils.

Tarragon is a prime ingredient in Béarnaise Sauce and the French favorite herb mixture, fines herbes.

May the Creative Force be with you,

Arlene Wright-Correll

Home Farm Herbery

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About the Author & Artist. Arlene Wright-Correll (1935- ___), Spent most of her adult life as a mother and an International real estate broker and is now popular American award winning Artist, published author, columnist, & is the resident art instructor for Avalon Stained Glass School, at the age of 68, decided to pick up her paint brushes again after 54 years and paint.  She is a cancer and stroke survivor who is able to strive forward each and everyday to welcome the beauty of this small planet.  She also is a China & Porcelain painter, Sandblasting & Etching, Stained Glass & fused glass Artisan. She is one of the six KY Artists who worked 6 months to create the dolls for Journey Jots in 2006 and a Smithsonian Institute art exhibit in 2008. Her published books can be found here . She is also a featured writer for and teaches Art Vacation Holidays at Avalon Stained Glass School and Creativity Center. She currently grows many herbs, flowers and vegetables at Home Farm Herbery and has created almost 400 seasoning, teas and preserves heirloom seeds all of which she sells and gives 100% of her proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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