Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a species of plant in the Composite family (Asteraceae). This somewhat underused herb was most likely brought to Europe from Asia Minor by the Crusaders. Tarragon is highly aromatic with a slight peppery tang. It smells a little like fennel or aniseed. Because of its intense flavour, even dried tarragon should be used sparingly. Ideal for sauces, especially butter sauces such as Béarnaise sauce, chicken, white fish, egg dishes, asparagus, salads.