Tarragon | Incredible Edible Todmorden | Herbs


tarragonArtemisia dracunculus

A warming aromatic herb that stimulates appetite, reduces nausea and helps flatulent indigestion. It’s a diuretic, useful in gout and rheumatic complaints, and a uterus-stimulant (avoid in pregnancy). It was chewed by ancient Greeks for toothache, and used in early Arab medicine, brought to us in the Crusades.

β€œ…tarragon is a language that only the gardens of Sham speak
It is our sacred herb . . .
Our perfumed eloquence …” (Nizar Qabbani, 20th c. Arabic poet)