All About Drakebloed | Know Your Spice Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

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What is Drakebloed – Drakebloed is the Dutch name for Tarragon. Artemisia dracunculus is one of the great culinary herbs. It is a kitchen staple in French cuisine and fondly called the “King of Herbs”.

Its Latin name, dracunculus, means “little dragon” and is derived from the medieval belief that the shape of a plant reflected its uses (the Doctrine of Signatures).

Tarragon is known for its anise-like aroma and taste, which can easily overshadow flavours in a dish. The herb has a delicate, warm flavour and is many mild-flavored dishes, such as chicken and fish dishes, asparagus, eggs, sauces and pickles.

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In Asian countries (Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, India), this species has long been used in traditional medicine. It has been used both in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and as an anesthetic, hypnotic and antiepileptic agent.

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