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chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
tarragon?
« on: April 26, 2012, 08:47:52 am »
what are the likes and dislikes of tarragon? seem to remember it doesn't like too rich a soil.
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Eve

  • Joined Jul 2010
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012, 10:02:15 am »
I sowed some into a vegetable trug filled with compost last year (our garden soil is very heavy clay with flint).
It came up allright, though it might have done better in a separate pot with better drainage. It got swamped by the chamomile before I knew it so it didn't really have the best chance  ::)

Tarragon + chicken =  :yum:

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2012, 11:35:56 am »
There are two types of Tarragon - French and Russian. The French is the best flavour but can only be propagated by rooting, not by seed.   The Russian is much easier to grow but is a coarser taste.  I have only grown the French but it doesn't seem to like very cold winters as it eventually disappeared.  I am making a new herb garden so will try again and will read others tips on here with hope  ;D
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chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 11:41:05 am »
I sowed some into a vegetable trug filled with compost last year (our garden soil is very heavy clay with flint).
It came up allright, though it might have done better in a separate pot with better drainage. It got swamped by the chamomile before I knew it so it didn't really have the best chance  ::)

Tarragon + chicken =  :yum:

i do chicken with homemade tarragon mayo sandwich. everyone goes wild for it. i had some in the garden and it was doing very well until last spring. it was so dry here everything suffered and it would seem to have done for the tarragon. when i buy it from the wholesaler it is just not the same, think it is russian tarragon which is not french tarragon. so i have just brought 6 plugs of tarragon roots and i'm going to plant in various locations in the plot and after doing some reading this morning i am going to pot them up first in compost and let them recover before doing battle with the rabbits.

oh btw tarragon and mustard go very well together, made for each other!
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 11:42:10 am »
All of this is making my mouth water.  Looks like I am going to have to get myself some French tarragon

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chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 11:44:04 am »
i find the same mayo goes very well with seafood too!
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Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2012, 06:13:01 pm »
 :yum: :yum:

chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 08:30:40 pm »
:yum: :yum:

i put the recipe up in recipes strangely enough!

i also put my little tarragon babies into compost and into a cool part of the greenhouse.  :thumbsup:
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goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2012, 08:33:48 pm »
I once made someone a pasta meal with tarragon - it was about 20 years ago and they still thank me to this day for introducing them to tarragon  :D
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chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2012, 08:37:27 pm »
I once made someone a pasta meal with tarragon - it was about 20 years ago and they still thank me to this day for introducing them to tarragon  :D

such a great taste, goes very well with basil in a salsa verde too!
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Plantoid

  • Joined May 2011
  • Yorkshireman on a hill in wet South Wales
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2012, 09:40:45 pm »
Judging by the posts ,it looks like we made a good choice to buy the Russian tarrgon yesterday ..

 Can you usually get the french one easily or do you have to go to specialists for rooted cuttings ?
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chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2012, 10:17:23 pm »
Judging by the posts ,it looks like we made a good choice to buy the Russian tarrgon yesterday ..

 Can you usually get the french one easily or do you have to go to specialists for rooted cuttings ?

type in french tarragon on ebay and away ya go. got 6 plugs for 5.00 i think!
1 acre of land where i am clearing trees and a swimming pool so we can make the land productive. MK3 hilux single cab pickup which has been completely rebuilt over the last 2 years matt black and cool as! no animals yet except a very furry black cat called Hansel (he is so hot right now)

NickiWilliams

  • Joined Jun 2012
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2012, 03:44:08 pm »
Tarragon is not just for meat, its great with most meaty fish! If you add it to a home made tomato sauce then prepare to be amazed!! You don't need much though, its quite powerful!!

chairmanphil

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Oxfordshire
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2012, 08:36:55 pm »
Tarragon is not just for meat, its great with most meaty fish! If you add it to a home made tomato sauce then prepare to be amazed!! You don't need much though, its quite powerful!!


i find it works very well with aubergines.
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northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: tarragon?
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2012, 09:30:16 am »
I make pesto from it, sometimes mixed with Rocket leaves and lots of garlic. the leaves are quite spicy and a nice addition to a herb salad.
I would not grow it in soil again, thoug, it's very invasive and I just can't throw anything away  ::) . We have Russian Tarragon. It seems very happy here in quite poor heavy soil  ;D :&>

 

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