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Dill

4 reviews

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 Dill Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens

Dill is an aromatic, annual herb, growing from 40-75 cm high. The fine blue-green leaves are delicate, feather like and fan out in like an intricate web on small stems, extending approximately 20 cm. The main stem is tall, slender and hollow. It branches out at the top and supports a wide mass of yellow flowers held in small clusters. The flowers act as beneficial insect attractants at the height of summer.

The native habitat of dill is the Mediterranean, Southern Russia, Southern and Central China and in some areas of Spain, Portugal and Italy. It is a very popular herb in Russian cooking.

Today, dill is known mostly for its culinary uses, but its history goes back to the Middle Ages, where it was often mentioned in writing. In medieval times, dill was associated with superstitious beliefs and magic. Placing dill above the door was reputed to ward against witches and sorcery. Its name was taken from the term ‘dilla’ which means ‘to lull’ in deference to the lulling of discomfort associated with digestive disorders, particularly in children.

Growth Habit

Dill is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to grow, as long as it has a full sun aspect. It tolerates many different soil types and growing conditions across Australia. However, it will do best in soils that are moist and rich inorganic matter. The plants mature and flower during the summer months, so watering and mulch for water retention is required. A warm summer suits them best, but dill plants are tolerant of the cold in frost-free areas.

Dill has one main tap root, which supports the entire plant and due to the height of the main stalk and the top heavy flower clusters, the plant may need wind protection. This could be a natural planting of higher or bushier plants surrounding the dill plant or artificial protection. This is especially important once the flower heads begin to produce seeds because the hollow stalks are easily broken when weighed down. Dill is prolific seed producer, with up to 25 000 individual seeds found in one ounce of dried seed material.

Dill will self-seed quite readily, so plant your first plants where they will be happy as a permanent resident. If you would like some control over your supply, plant or sow seeds at fortnightly intervals. Leave 60 cm between rows, thin to 30cm apart and consider choosing a position for wind protection.

Culinary Uses

Dill has many culinary uses and is perhaps best known for helping to create ‘dill pickles’. The tangy, pungent flavour of dill goes well with many dishes and may be used as freshly collected leaves, dried leaves or dried seeds. Dill is often used to season fish, poultry, meat, vegetable and egg dishes while the fresh leaves are used as a tangy garnish. An easy way to use dill is in herb butter, in sauces, dips, vinegars, olive oil dressings, salad dressings and in sour cream or cream cheese.

The best way to add dill to your dishes is to wait until near the end of the cooking process. This way the flavour is fresh and the aroma is at its best when served.

Dill leaves can be picked within two months of planting, with fresh leaves being used that day. Alternatively, they may be frozen in an airtight container and kept for up to six months. To dry leaves for later use, cut the whole stem and hang it upside down in the sun until the leaves are dry. Another method is to lay the leaves flat in a dry, warm place until dry. In each case, store the dry leaves in an airtight container for later use. Seeds are collected by picking the flowers before the seeds ripen and placing them in a paper bag until the seed ripen and drop from the flowers. Some sources recommend drying the seeds further in a hot oven. The flowers may also be picked and used for decoration.

Medicinal Uses

Today dill is primarily a culinary herb. However, it has been used traditionally to treat digestive and stomach complaints. Dill is mildly diuretic and may also have some benefit for helping treat cough, cold and flu symptoms. Chewing dill seeds over a long period of time is said to be helpful in reducing bad breath. As with many herbs, dill is still considered to be a general tonic.

Companion Plants

Dill is considered to be a good companion plant for cucumber, lettuce, cabbage and onions. It is a poor companion for carrots and tomatoes.

 

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can either return your order for a full refund or exchange it for online store credit.

Find out more about our Returns information.

Customer Reviews
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    09/12/2020
    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    Dill and other herbs

    This is the second time I've purchased from Mudbrick Herb Cottage. Delivery was very speedy (express even though there are COVID transport delays), plants arrived in good condition and are thriving. Fantastic selection of herbs and I'm looking forward to buying more.

    MW
    06/06/2020
    Monica W.
    Lovely little dill plants

    Thanks for the plants which arrived healthy and safe. love your products. Good value.

    TZ
    11/24/2018
    Tina Z.
    Outstanding Service

    So impressed with this little company. Quality herbs, lovingly wrapped that arrived in perfect condition. I hope it thrives.

    SH
    06/10/2018
    Sandra H.
    AU AU
    Don't be a "Dill" - Dill is an excellent herbal essential for cooking.

    The dill I purchased (online) was well packed for delivery and arrived very quickly. The quality of the seedlings was excellent - all healthy plants. Three weeks after potting, they have more than trebled in size, despite Canberra's frosts ( I was able to protect the potted plants from frost.) I have some very envious friends.