Dill is a tall, lanky annual with
umbrella shaped flower heads that produce the famous seeds that are used
to make dill pickles. While leaves of Dill can be
used in pickling, it is the seeds that contain the essence we taste in
When Dill plants start to make seeds, usually in
late summer, keep an eye on the flower heads.
When the first seeds fall, harvest the whole head and finish ripening it in a
paper bag. The seeds shake free when they are fully ripe and can then be stored
in an airtight jar.
Of course the
Dill leaves also have a lot of uses and are loved by cooks around the
world. Like so many
culinary herbs, the flavor of the leaves of Dill are best when the plant is
not flowering. Cutting out the center stalk can delay flowering some, but it
is really best to succession plant Dill.