Our tips for the cultivation and culinary use of dill, a highly perfumed plant with its leaf groups composed of small divisions of greenish-blue leaves and its tiny yellow summertime flowers. Widely used in Northern Europe and of note since ancient times, it has a strong aromatic power.
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Dill, Anethum graveolens L., is an annual herb from the Umbelliferae family. Its leaves are made up of groups of smaller greenish-blue leaves and it has tiny yellow summertime flowers grouped in flat, umbrella-shaped inflorescences otherwise known as umbels. The scent of the flowers is more intense than that of the leaves but lighter and fresher compared to the scent of the seeds.
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It is very easy to grow in pots, on the patio or in the garden in open soil. Ideally the growing soil should be rich in organic substances and well drained.
This herb can happily tolerate the coldest of temperatures but is its best when exposed to full sunlight and sheltered from the wind.
It can be grown with the objective of making use of the whole plant, as if it were a vegetable, or simply to gather the seeds. If you intend to harvest the plant, you must cut it at the base once it has reached over twenty centimetres in height.
If you intend to gather the seeds you should suspend the plants upside down over a sheet in a sunny position. Once the flowerheads start to turn a brownish colour they have reached maturity.
Dill: culinary use
This herb has a strong aromatic power, with a slightly pungent flavour, that makes it particularly suitable for sauces and condiments and as an addition to soups and even liqueurs. It is also perfect when simply used as an extra in salads or to add flavour to omelettes or just a plate of potatoes.
Even though dill has been known since ancient times, it really returned to favour in the 1980’s with the introduction of smoked salmon, a dish that is a perfect combination for dill.
As well as the leaves, the seeds of dill can also be consumed.
Do you like the taste of Dill? Do you like to use herbs in your cooking?
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