What Is Dill?

Dill is an herb that grows to about 60cm (2 ft) in height.

The leaves are slender and feathery and grow to a length of about 15cm (6 in) in length.

The leaves and seeds are used in cooking.

The fresh dill leaves are sometimes called dill weed.

In Indian cuisine, dill is used to make curry powders, masalas and to flavour spinach and other leafy green vegetables. Dill seeds have a flavour that is similar to caraway seeds.

Elsewhere, dill is well known for being used in pickling, such as in dill pickles and sauerkraut.

It is a very versatile herb and can appear in lots of different recipes for a wide variety of dishes, particularly fish and seafood dishes.

Like most herbs, dill has some medicinal applications. Dill tea is a treatment for insomnia and dill is a remedy for stomach problems.

Dill grows in most types of soil but does need a sunny location to thrive.

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