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Your Guide to Growing Dill in Your Garden

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Dill is most closely identified with the pickles that hamburgers wouldn’t be the same without, but numerous other dishes are enhanced with this herb’s unique, savory essence
  • There are several dill types, including dwarf varieties, but dill grows 3, 4 and even 5 feet tall, requires full sun and is best sown directly in your garden from seed rather than transplanted seedlings
  • Prevent dill from flowering too early, which it does in hot weather, by watching for signs like thickening stems and sparse leaf growth, at which point you need to nip flowers in the bud
  • Carvone in dill oil has been used for centuries as a medicinal and is what gives this herbal favorite its distinctive flavor and aroma

Dill is an uncommonly versatile perennial herb. If you enjoy growing dill and using it in your recipes, you already know that, but many people, upon tasting the deliciously light, savory flavor in salads, sandwiches or soups, wonder what it is and want more. Of course, many identify dill (Anethum graveolens) with the hamburger pickles of the same name. That's how famous dill is; a pickle is even named after the herb that made it famous!


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