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2010 Herb of the Year: Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Get the scoop on this faithful favorite, from feathery foliage to flavor-packed pickles.

When dill seeds are ripe, they turn golden-brown.
Photo by Susan Belsinger
Plump green seeds form after dill flowers. Eventually, they will mature to golden-brown. Click on the IMAGE GALLERY for more beautiful photos of dill.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
"Lullaby dill, the baby calms to sleep; Fragrant dill, the cook bakes bread; Fruitful dill, the gardener goes to reap." —Carolyn Dille & Susan Belsinger "Herbs in the Kitchen" (Interweave Press, 1992)
Photo by Rob Cardillo
After dill has bolted, it flowers spectacularly.
Photo by Rob Cardillo
In early summer, dill flowers form on the umbels.
For a steady supply of feathery dill leaves for your salads, keep your plant cut back.
Photo by David Cavagnaro

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