Growing Dill - Knowledgebase Question

Buena Park, CA
Question by herbtanja
March 29, 1999
I have planted dill from seed. How do I know when it is ready to pick and best way to dry and/or prepare?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 1999


Dill (Anethum graveolens) can grow 3'-4' tall. It's an interesting plant, with feathery leaves and stalks of umbrella-like clusters of small yellow flowers. If flowers are allowed to remain on the plant, seeds will form at the end of the growing season. You can harvest the foliage at any time during the growing season for kitchen use, cut the yellow flower clusters for inclusion in canned or pickled vegetables, or allow the seeds to mature and harvest them when they turn hard. Seeds are separated from the stems and air dried, then stored in an airtight container for use in cooking.

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