The Bottom Line: Aromatic Dill is a hardworking addition to the garden whether leaves or seeds are harvested or not.
Tall, feathery in appearance; Dill, Anethum graveolens, a lovely member of the parsely family having a pungent flavor reminiscent of caraway; is a hardworking addition to the garden whether leaves or seeds are harvested or not.
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In all honesty; I do not often cook with any part of the Dill plant whether seed or leaves. I plant dill in part for the lovely aroma as I brush past the plants as I go about the daily gardening in the herb bed. I like to have a pot of dill on the patio for the same reason.
While Dill does not particularly enjoy being transplanted I have found that starting seed in peat pots and planting the pots does not upset the plantlets much at all.
Because Dill is an outstanding caterpillar, butterfly larvae, food I like to have plants scattered here and there in the garden area for butterflies, especially the monarchs and swallowtails which return to our yard each year. Dill is also helpful as an attractant of advantageous insects whose larvae feed on aphids which enjoy feasting on roses. As a precaution I plant some dill near my rose bed.
Dill tends to be a heavy feeder, and I apply dry whinny poo to the bed prior to seeding where the growing herb will receive morning sun and some afternoon shade.
Indigenous to the southern European Mediterranean, western Asia including southern Russia dill has had wide usage from Biblical days. Currently gaining popularity in North America; Babylonian and Syrian herbalists used dill, plus Romans thought it to be an effective stimulant for gladiators.
I have long enjoyed word puzzles and word study in addition to genealogy; hence my learning the name dill is resultant from an old Norse word, I have traced some family to norse beginnings, dilla meaning to lull because Dill was used to soothe and lull babies to sleep; was most interesting. The soporific property of dill is one of the herbs best know medicinal attributes. Gripe water made using dill seed was used specifically as a remedy for colic in infants in our grand parents' time.
Containing a volatile oil that has a relaxing result for muscles, especially those of the digestive tract, Dill has been used for centuries per curative properties for such problems. Teas made with Dill seed have long been realized to alleviate indigestion and nausea, along with producing a lulling effect during periods of internal upset.
Rich in minerals, flavanoids, vitamin C and calcium; Dill should not be ignored too quickly.
Dill was and continues to be used as a remedy to witchcraft and hoodoo sorcery.
Despite being a Mediterranean native Dill became and remains an important culinary facet for much of northern Europe where it continues to be quite popular.
Dill requires full sun, good drainage, and rich soil to thrive. Dill is deceptive with its feathery, frail appearance despite being a drought resistant hardy annual. While our more rigorous Oklahoma winters do not lend themselves to the practice, Dill seeds can be sown in fall to over winter and generate an early spring crop of the aromatic herb.
Planting Dill in clumps will provide a bushy effect. Sowing seed about every two weeks will keep the supply of leaves constant. Self seeding Dill sprouts easily.
Fresh Dill is often seen in markets during summer and early fall while dried Dill can be had any time in the spice section of most grocery stores. Seeds do have a strong flavor than do leaves which are more delicate in flavor and are an integral ingredient of Scandinavian and German cooking. Seed can be sprinkled over salads and casseroles prior to baking while Dill weed is especially nice for enhancing flavor of veggies, dips and fish.
Anethum graveolens, Dill, an especially appealing member of the parsley family is an excellent addition to the garden leaves and seeds may be harvested for culinary use, including teas, adding to casseroles and bread and pickle making along with drawing larvae to provide beauty as in the case of butterflies, or aid as in those which devour the aphids who are bent upon attacking my roses. Happy to recommend.
NO Thyme Productions offers seed from a variety of companies including Renee's Garden and others.
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