Tarragon (And Why it’s an Essential Part of a Healthy Diet)

Tarragon (And Why it’s an Essential Part of a Healthy Diet)

by Urban Kitchen Foods
29th April 2018

If you’ve taken a look at the Urban Kitchen range, you’ll have likely noticed that one of our soups contains an interesting ingredient known as Tarragon.

You may not have heard of this ingredient before. That’s unsurprising, as it’s not something that many manufacturers advertise or use in their foods.

However, that doesn’t mean you should feel worried about it. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why Tarragon should become an essential part of your diet. This article looks at what this ingredient is and some of the benefits that it provides if you add it to your diet.

What is Tarragon?

Tarragon is a herb. In fact, it’s such a popular herb that it’s picked up the moniker of “King of the Herbs” from French culinary experts who have been using it in their cooking for hundreds of years.

Chefs use both the dried leaves of the herb and the flowered tops to add a little extra flavour to a range of dishes, including stews, soups, and sauces.

However, that’s not its only use. Tarragon is also used to create an essential oil that you can place into a diffuser and spread throughout your home. In this context, it has the ability to reduce stress and even combat infections.

But we’re going to focus on its benefits as a cooking ingredient ahead of its benefits as an essential oil.

Reasons to Eat More Tarragon

So, why do people eat Tarragon?

The taste is the first reason. Tarragon has a flavour that’s very similar to what you might find if you eat liquorice root. This means it has the ability to lend a uniqueness to any dish that it’s used in. Plus, it complements both sweet and bitter ingredients quite well.

But what about the health benefits? For that, we’re going to have to look at some of the studies.

Firstly, Tarragon is an excellent herb to eat if you’re struggling with digestive issues. In fact, it can help to improve your digestion in several areas. The consumption of tarragon prompts your mouth to produce more saliva, which means your break down food better when you’re chewing. Moreover, it helps to regulate the use of the gastric juices in your stomach and even has benefits for your intestinal functionality.

There’s also some anecdotal evidence to suggest that Tarragon can help you to sleep better. Unfortunately, this anecdotal evidence is not currently supported by any in-depth scientific studies. Nevertheless, you’ll often find that herbalists recommend Tarragon as a herb for use by those with insomnia. Perhaps a bowl of our soup will help you to enjoy a sounder night’s sleep.

Our final benefit is one that you may not expect. Studies have shown that Tarragon has positive effects for women who are dealing with menstrual issues. As well as improving general menstruation, the herb can also cut down on the period pains that many women struggle with.

The Final Word

Hopefully, this explains why we’re so keen to use Tarragon our products. The herb offers a range of health benefits that you can benefit from directly.

Now all that’s left is to try our Butternut Squash and Tarragon Soup. We promise that you won’t be disappointed.