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Hydroponics and Health Benefits of Tarragon

Tarragon is regarded as a staple hydroponic herb with slender branching stems and smooth plant leaves. Its flavor is aromatic, strong, and sweet; thus, it is used for culinary flavoring.



Tarragon Herb ORAC 15542
Tarragon


Hydroponics of Tarragon

Hydroponic System

This herb is popularly grown in an ebb-and-flow hydroponic system.


Temperature

Tarragon prefers temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees centigrade.


Nutrient Solution

A pH range between 6.5 and 7.5 is considered best for tarragon. In addition, for top-notch production results, NPK treatments are recommended.


Nutritional Profile of Tarragon

The following nutrients make up 2g or one tablespoon of tarragon.


Calories

The total calorie count in this particular serving of tarragon is 5. (FoodData Central, 2019)


Carbohydrates

Half of the serving constitutes of carbohydrates, which make up 1g of the tablespoon. (FoodData Central, 2019)


Other Micronutrients

Manganese is one of the essential nutrients found in tarragon. It makes up 7% of the RDV, whereas iron and potassium make 3% and 2%, respectively. (FoodData Central, 2019)


ORAC Value

The ORAC count of tarragon is 622 (4 grams or a pinch).


Health Benefits of Tarragon

Medicinal Uses

Traditional medicines use tarragon for various reasons. It helps stimulate appetite, as it is used as a remedy for dyspepsia and anorexia. Moreover, it aids in minimizing hiccups and flatulence. Furthermore, the herb has been used for therapeutic purposes as well, such as dentistry. It is given out as an antiseptic to people experiencing toothaches. (Halina Ekiert, April)


Chemistry of Tarragon

The primary essential oils found in tarragon are cineol, estragole, phellandrene, and ocimene. In addition, it has a highly variable composition comprising phenolic acids, alkamides, coumarins, and flavonoids. (Halina Ekiert, April)


References

FoodData Central. (2019, April 1). Retrieved from US Department of Agriculture: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170937/nutrients


Halina Ekiert, 1. ,. (April). Artemisia dracunculus (Tarragon): A Review of Its Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology. Front Pharmacol.

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