Spotlight Spice: Tarragon Leaf
In addition to its usual name, tarragon is sometimes referred to by the charming name dragon’s wort. Since we’re in Des Moines, not Hogsmeade, we just stick with Tarragon Leaf when referring to this French herb.
You may not have used tarragon on its own, but you’ve likely enjoyed it as an ingredient in French herb blends Herbes de Provence or Fines Herbes. You’ll find it regularly in French cuisine - it’s an essential ingredient in many classic French sauces including béarnaise, hollandaise, tartar and béchamel. Tarragon is also popular in flavored vinegars, mustards, salad dressings and vinaigrettes of all kinds.
Tarragon is a useful ingredient even if you’re not a French chef. It’s anise-like flavor works well with seafood, fruits, poultry, eggs, and most veggies. You can also use it in making compound butters and in creamy soups. Use it sparingly – it’s flavor can quickly overpower other herbs and spices.
Find our favorite recipes using Tarragon Leaf in the AllSpice Recipe Library.