It is a perennial herb. The dried leaves
and flowering tops are known for its flavour.
It grows to a height of 2 ft. The aroma
is warm. Two varieties available in the
international market are French Tarragon
and Russian Tarragon.
Origin and Distribution
Tarragon is cultivated
in Southern Europe (France, Spain), temperate
zones of USA, Afghanistan, West Asia, and
Russia. In India, it is grown in Jammu, Kashmir
and Himachal Pradesh.
Soil with a pH of 6.2 is found to be preferred
for better yield of herb material and essential
It is used for
flavouring vinegar, pickles, prepared mustard
and to a limited extent in soups, salads,
meat dishes, salad dressings and liquor.
The aromatic leaves are stomachic, stimulant.
It is also used in perfumes.