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Tarragon: health benefits, applications and ingredients

  1. Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a perennial plant of the composite family (Asteraceae) and is a common culinary herb often used to season sauces, stews or cheese dishes. The herb tastes slightly like anise. The herb is best known in (traditional) French cuisine. But it can also be used well in, for example, a Dutch potato dish with old cheese. Tarragon is a soft aromatic herb with a slightly sweet scent. This herb is also known as the snake herb or dragon herb. It is also used in natural medicine. Originally from Central Asia, tarragon today has several subspecies. The two best-known types of tarragon are the Russian and French tarragon; the latter is sometimes also referred to as German tarragon.

What is tarragon?

  1. Name

Dragon's Profile

  1. Botanical name: Artemisia dracunculus Plant Family: Composite Family (Asteraceae) Other names: snake herb or dragon herb Sowing / planting time: March-April Flowering time: May-June Harvest time: before flowering Location: sunny locations; moist and nutrient-rich soil Use as a medicinal herb: cough, gastrointestinal complaints, nausea, restlessness, toothache Use as a culinary herb: meat, stews, egg dishes, cheese, sauces, fish

Characteristics of the plant

  1. Origin and occurrence of tarragon

Tarragon ingredients

  1. Tarragon contains flavonoids, bitter substances, tannins, retinol (vitamin A), thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (one of the seven compounds belong to the vitamin B6 group), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, tarragol, ocimen, phellandrene, asparagine, beta-sitosterol, carvone, coumarins , glutamic acid, camphor, iodine

Health Benefits

  1. Dragon has a wide variety of effects. The bitter substances in the tea stimulate the formation of gastric juice, strengthen the bile, prevent nausea and ensure good digestion. They strengthen kidney function and promote metabolism. In this way it counteracts edema in the body and relieves rheumatic complaints. Compresses made from tarragon leaves also help against rheumatism, gout

Side Effects

  1. Pregnant and lactating women



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