Tarragon - fragrance oil, magic plant and spice
The Chinese were probably the first to use tarragon as a spice.
Then the Egyptians discovered it as a fragrant oil, which they burned
in their temples. Finally, tarragon reached the ancient Greeks. They
called it «drakos» (snake, dragon) and used it for magic. Finally, the
Arabs took it into
culture. They called it «tarchun» and used it for seasoning food.
The term «estragon», as the spice is called in France, Germany and
Switzerland, was formed in France after 1564. But the original Greek
name «drakos» and the former Arabic name «tarchun» was not lost. For
in Denmark the herb is still called «dragon»,
in Hungary «tárkony», in Turkey «tarhun» and in English «tarragon».