The case of the mysterious tarragon
I mentioned in my last post that I was concerned that the tarragon I seeded wasn’t actually tarragon. I’m still very confused.
See what I mean? Is it or isn’t it tarragon? The one I’m growing is much lighter and a bit less fleshier than the plant from the nursery.
A taste test has also been somewhat inconclusive. I asked recipe editor, Amy Machnak, to chew on a few leaves I plucked from the plants I grew without telling her what she was eating. She (very trustingly) munched away and said she was getting hints of “tarragon, spinach, and arugula.” OK, so it seems that these plants are more tarragon that anything else, but I’m perplexed at their lack of delicious tarragon flavor and their odd appearance. Did I buy bad seeds? Is it something in their growing conditions? Has anything like this ever happened to you, dear gardeners?