Mexican tarragon (Tagetes lucida) grows all spring and summer before it produces yellow, single marigold-like blossoms, but that is just a bonus because the main reason to grow it is for the flavored leaves. In warm climates, its anise-like flavor makes it a substitute for French tarragon, which often withers in heat.
You will find that it goes by many names: hierba de anis, Texas tarragon, false tarragon, Mexican mint marigold, winter tarragon, yerba anise, hierba de San Juan, and pericon. Try growing Mexican tarragon in your allotment, garden, and farm!
Although grown as an annual Mexican tarragon is a half-hardy perennial in warmer regions, where it comes back vigorously from the roots in spring. In climates where it never dies down from frost, keep it trimmed. When planting, space plants 18 to 26 inches apart. Mexican terragon works miracles in full sun. The plants bloom lightly in the spring, then profusely in the fall.
Feed with organic compost and liquid seaweed.
Remember Mexican terragon reseeds!
The health benefits of Mexican terragon according to scientific research conducted around the world by seperate scientists and organisations:
1) Signs that it can reduce blood sugar by improving insulin sensativity. A 90-day, randomised, double-blind study looked at the effect of tarragon on insulin sensitivity, insulin secretion and glycemic control in 24 people with impaired glucose tolerance.
Those who received 1,000 mg of tarragon before breakfast and dinner experienced an ample decrease in total insulin secretion, which can help keep blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day.
2) Aids inflammation and pain
3) Increase Appetite by Reducing Leptin Levels
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