Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a perennial plant from the composites family

The species designation "dracunculus" in the botanical name means "little dragon". This would indicate the curled root and the shape of the leaves, which would have something like dragon tongues.

Usually two cultivars or varieties of this species are described: French tarragon (sometimes called German tarragon) and Russian (or wild) tarragon. Both clearly differ in terms of composition, taste and application. French tarragon is sweet and aromatic and has a peppery aniseed flavor, while the Russian tarragon has a bitter, less pronounced flavor. French tarragon probably originated through breeding from Russian tarragon.

Countries of origin

Germany, Italy


Italy, Spain

Nutritional value
Per 100g

KCAL 295
Fat 7 g
Saturated 1,9 g
Polyunsaturated 3,7 g
Monounsaturated 0,5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 62 mg
Potassium 3.020 mg
Koolhydraten 4 g
Dietary fibers 2,5 g
Protein 23g

*Nutritional value may actually differ.

Vitamins & minerals
Per 100g

Vitamin A 4.200 IU
Calcium 1.139 mg
Vitamin D 0 IU
Vitamin B12 0 µg
Vitamin C 50 mg
Iron 32,3 mg
Vitamin B6 2,4 mg
Magnesium 347 mg