Many recipes will call for a "bunch of tarragon" or 1/2 cup of chopped tarragon leaves but it can be hard to really know what that means. So how many tarragon bunches are in a cup? In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many tarragon bunches you need to buy.
Since different stores carry different sizes of tarragon bunches and many people grow their own tarragon there are no set standards for what makes up a "bunch of tarragon". In addition, many places just sell tarragon leaves separately and not in a bunch. All of this makes it hard to know how much to actually use in a given recipe.
In order to figure out how much is a bunch of tarragon we went to several grocery stores and saw what they thought a "bunch of tarragon" actually was. We came to the conclusion that a commercial "bunch of tarragon" usually weighs about an ounce and contains about 48 sprigs in the bunch. You can use that measurement if you are buying individual tarragon leaves as well. So for our tests we used a 1 ounce bunch of tarragon to determine how many "tarragon bunches" you need to get a specific amount of chopped or loose tarragon leaves.
We discovered that you would need to purchase 1.8 bunches of tarragon to make a cup of loosely-packed chopped tarragon leaves for your recipe. For more dynamic flavor you can replace 1 teaspoon of dried tarragon with 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon in your recipe. If you are buying from the grocery store you can check the weight on the scale provided or on the package and if you are growing your own tarragon you can just use a kitchen scale at home to measure it. We recommend this one which we use at home and enjoy: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale.
Did you know that there are two distinct varieties of tarragon, French and Russian. However, French tarragon is the only herb that is valued for its anise flavor and aromatics. Tarragon is a member of the daisy family and its name means "little dragon".
So we now know that How much is a bunch of tarragon" is about 1 ounce of tarragon, which is about 7 tablespoons of tarragon leaves. To determine how many 1 ounce bunches of tarragon you need to get the correct amount of chopped tarragon leaves or loose tarragon leaves you can use the converter below.
You can either store them with the jar method or the paper towel method.
Jar method: partially fill a jar or a water glass with water; place the stem ends of the unwashed tarragon into the water in the container. Store the jar of tarragon in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag. Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor. Fresh tarragon will last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.
Paper towel method: wrap fresh tarragon in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag large enough not to crush the leaves. Place the bagged tarragon in the refrigerator; it will keep fresh for about 2 weeks.
To freeze: remove the leaves and discard the tarragon stems. Fill every ice cube cavity of an ice cube tray with the tarragon leafs, then completely top off with water. Place in the freezer for 2 days; remove the tarragon cubes and transfer them into a freezer Ziploc bag. Store the Ziploc bag in the freezer for 2 months and use as needed.
Tarragon is an herb in the aster family. There are three basic types of tarragon: Russian tarragon, French (German) tarragon, and Mexican tarragon. Russian tarragon is known for being more bitter and less aromatic, while French and Mexican tarragons are described as very aromatic and sweeter with an anise type flavor.
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