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.
Hydroponics of Tarragon
This herb is popularly grown in an ebb-and-flow hydroponic system.
Tarragon prefers temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees centigrade.
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.
The total calorie count in this particular serving of tarragon is 5. (FoodData Central, 2019)
Half of the serving constitutes of carbohydrates, which make up 1g of the tablespoon. (FoodData Central, 2019)
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)
The ORAC count of tarragon is 622 (4 grams or a pinch).
Health Benefits of Tarragon
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)
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.