A staple in classic French cooking, this anise-flavored herb is the key ingredient in béarnaise sauce.
Season: June through September.
How to Choose Tarragon
Tarragon’s tender, dark green leaves are long and narrow, growing on tall, somewhat woody stalks. They should be slightly fragrant, with a licorice-like taste.
How to Store Tarragon
Trim stem ends and refrigerate stem-side down in a glass of water, covering the leaves with a plastic bag. The herb can keep for up to 3 weeks if the water is changed frequently.
How to Use Tarragon
Tarragon nicely flavors sauces and salad dressings; it pairs well with chicken, eggs (try some in egg salad), mushrooms, and artichokes. Add the herb to salad greens for an extra dash of flavor.
Real Simple Tarragon Recipes:
- Shrimp With Tarragon Aïoli
- Corn on the Cob With Tarragon
- Chicken With Tarragon and Leeks
- Sausage With White Beans and Tarragon
- Mustard-Tarragon Roast Chicken With Egg Noodles
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