Dill is one of those herbs where each plant part is useful. It's the dominant ingredient in dill pickles, but its leaves and stems are also used to flavor various foods. In addition, the plant flowers naturally produce seeds that have been planted for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
Dill is the perfect herb to add to your kitchen staples. It may be best known for adding that distinctive taste and fragrance of dill pickles to traditional dishes, but this versatile herb offers much more.
Try growing this perennial in your herb garden or around the edge of the vegetable garden.
Dill is an easy-to-grow plant that performs best in more moderate climates. A sunny location with rich soil, water, and full sun is ideal for dill plants to thrive.
Tips for Using Dill
Fresh dill is a versatile herb and has many culinary uses! You can use the leaves, flowers, or seeds for a delicious and fragrant meal. The leaves are the lightest flavor and can be snipped off the plant.
Powerful and aromatic, the seeds pack a punch and are the ultimate pickling spice. Add to your favorite colorful vegetables and salad dressings, or use them as an all-purpose Mediterranean seasoning in soups, stews, and salads.
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The yellow flowers fall in the middle regarding flavor. Dill is an excellent addition to pickles, or toss them in salads for a punch of color and flavor. Save stems to make broth. Preserve dill by freezing it in water or olive oil or infusing it in vinegar, oil, or butter.