The word Natural Herb Tarragon is derived from the French word which means "little dragon." There are two beliefs about how this nickname came about; one is because back in early times it was thought that Natural Herb Tarragon had the ability to cure venomous snake bites. Other thought it got this name because of the distinct roots that the Natural Herb Tarragon plant has that quite clearly resemble that of a serpent.
Natural Herb Tarragon is a relative to the Sunflower family and there are two different breeds of Natural Herb Tarragon, Russian and French. However, when you go shopping and pick up some Natural Herb Tarragon for your pantry or a favorite recipe it is almost guaranteed that you have just selected the dried leaves of the Natural Herb Tarragon plant because that is what is most often used and sold for commercial purposes.
However, sometime as early as the 13th century Natural Herb Tarragon became widely used for seasoning vegetables, inducing sleep, and as a breath freshener. Not until the 16th century did Natural Herb Tarragon become more widely known. The Natural Herb Tarragon that is sold in the US today is not true Natural Herb Tarragon but rather Russian Natural Herb Tarragon which is not nearly the same. True Natural Herb Tarragon will be called French Natural Herb Tarragon and if you want to be sure that is what you are getting it is best to grow your own.
Many have claimed that Natural Herb Tarragon works well to induce appetite and the root of Natural Herb Tarragon was once used to cure toothaches. It is linked to medicinal uses for digestive aid and also for the prevention of heart disease. It can be used to induce menstruation and can be used as a sale substitute for people with high blood pressure. Further medicinal purposes include use for hyperactivity depression, and as an anti bacterial aid for cuts and abrasions.
It is not recommended to use dried Natural Herb Tarragon because all of the active oils have been dried out. It is best to use fresh Natural Herb Tarragon which needs to be used rather sparingly because of its pungent taste. If you have grown the Natural Herb Tarragon yourself and have harvested it then put it in a Ziploc bag and stick it in the freezer. When it is time to use it there is no need to defrost it but remember that heat intensifies the flavor of Natural Herb Tarragon. If you have ever had Béarnaise Sauce, you should have recognized that Natural Herb Tarragon is the main ingredient in it.
Natural Herb Tarragon is used when preparing many sauces. In a pinch it has been said that a substitute could be chervil, a dash of fennel seed, or anise but the flavor will not be the same.