Tarragon herb, is it used much in Italy?

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Tarragon herb, is it used much in Italy?

Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:01 pm

Not a herb we used much until recently and we are now almost addicted to the stuff. Is it a  herb used much in Italy? Google gives a translation of dragoncello and/or estragone. It also gives tarragon, so does anyone know which is best?   Smile  Smile  Smile

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Post by Lisa C. on Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:12 pm

stevegwmonkseaton wrote:Not a herb we used much until recently and we are now almost addicted to the stuff. Is it a  herb used much in Italy? Google gives a translation of dragoncello and/or estragone. It also gives tarragon, so does anyone know which is best?   Smile  Smile  Smile
I just looked it up for you in my Italian dictionary and it says "dragoncello".  I have not seen it used much in Italy but when we were in Portugal many years ago, we noticed that they used a lot of it.  I agree it is delicious.  We love it in mustard or if you make your own mayonnaise, you can add it as well.
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:31 pm

Thanks Lisa, I'll now try to find some dragoncello plants  Very Happy

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Post by Flip on Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:55 pm

Never seen or heard of it here, but Italians are funny with herbs and what is common in the UK you have a real hard job finding here if it isn't Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Tyme or Parsley.
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:35 pm

Thanks Flip, but if they have a name for it, then I guess somewhere will sell it.... Will of course let you know if I find it...

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Post by Angela Fuller on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:57 pm

stevegwmonkseaton wrote:Thanks Flip, but if they have a name for it, then I guess somewhere will sell it.... Will of course let you know if I find it...


Have lots in the garden.....shame you are not closer....
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Post by Angela Fuller on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:01 pm

Meant to add, it's has a very sprawling habit....gets very leggy and flops back down on the ground when it reaches 2' so needs to be cut back regulary.....not a problem if you are a tarragon lover......
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:24 pm

Angela Fuller wrote:Meant to add, it's has a very sprawling habit....gets very leggy and flops back down on the ground when it reaches 2' so needs to be cut back regulary.....not a problem if you are a tarragon lover......

Thanks for that Angela, so I guess it's a bit like our sage and rosemary, which we are forever having to check. Did you bring your tarragon from the UK or buy it here? They say it retains most of its flavour when dried and we certainly found that the dry bought in the UK was very good...  Smile  Smile

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Post by Angela Fuller on Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:52 pm

Steve, It's stems are not as strong and woody as rosemary or sage and they grow a metre tall so naturally flop.....  Tarragon was in the garden when we bought the house but we did buy from another English couple....so maybe it come from UK.....?  I also flavour olive oil with it....a great herb.....Good luck with your search.....
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Post by lancashire lass on Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:57 pm

i use the dried variety which you can buy from most supermarkets in italy, it has a very strong flavour when dried

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Post by logitech on Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:59 pm

Do they tax it if you have a lot? Laughing

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Post by Geotherm on Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:35 pm

Interesting. We were going through the dried herb pots in the house recently, as we wanted to order some top-ups of the ones not visibly available here, e.g herbes de provence. Amazon do a good range of dried ones, just delivered yesterday, so stocked up on all sorts.
One jar we bought here, was dragoncello, so tarraggon. Came from Eurospin if I remember correctly.

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Post by Angela Fuller on Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:10 am

Geo, Eurospin are the best for stocking all sorts at very affordable prices.....Even have little bone shaped dog biscuits and little (like Markies) marrowbone small biscs.....Give me the real thing when I buy meat from the butcher....a great shop !  Steve why not ask on the Abruzzo forum if anyone nearer to you has tarragon they can divide and give you some ?
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Post by Flip on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:24 am

Eurospin Rocks..... decent Bourbon for €5.49.....sweet.
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Post by Angela Fuller on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:51 am

Totally agree Flip, difficult choice, Bourbon or Biscottini for dogs...?
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Post by Flip on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:48 pm

No Contest Angela....  clown
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