French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus var. sativa), which probably originated in western Asia, is the commonly grown temperate-zone tarragon used for culinary purposes. We grow tarragon for its sweet anise flavour. We clip the leaves into salads and on top of soups. We also use it to flavour sauces (in traditional béarnaise sauce it is an essential ingredient). It is particularly good with shellfish, fish, chicken, and turkey. French tarragon grows well in full sun or partial shade, and needs well-drained soil.