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French Tarragon

Artemisia dracunculus sativa
Hardy Perennial
To 30 inches

     True French tarragon is one of the most desirable-and scarce-culinary herbs. Its sweet, slight licorice flavor is an indispensable ingredient in French cuisine. It is also very much prized in this country.
     French tarragon does not produce viable seed so it must be propagated by cuttings or division of a mature plant. It takes at least two years for a plant to mature and spread enough to provide good yields. Because this herb requires dormancy it can be difficult to grow in warm climates where freezing temperatures do not occur for extended times.
     Tarragon has an unusual growth pattern, which makes it difficult to maintain a continuous abundant supply. These factors account for the fact that it is one of the most expensive of the culinary herbs.
     There are ways to manage tarragon so that you can maintain a continuous supply, even in the warmer climates. You can also provide the required dormancy out of season. However, these techniques are rather long and involved to discuss here. They are covered in detail in Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs.
     When purchasing stock plants be sure to buy using the botanical name above. Some companies unwittingly start "tarragon" from seed and it is not the correct variety. Often this is a plant named "Russian tarragon".
     This is not even closely related to French tarragon and the flavor is tasteless. The flavors, and financial rewards, are definitely worth the extra work and time involved in growing this herb!

     French Tarragon is covered in more detail in Chapter 26 of Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs by Sandie Shores.
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