Dill as 'main' vegetable?

davidcalgary29(2b)February 10, 2014

I was trying to explain the joys of dill to a picky five year-old the other day and wasn't getting far with the usual reasons: it's great with tomatoes; it smells nice; it's easy to grow. Finally, I told her that it 'tasted like summer', and she accepted that.
I love dill so much, in fact, that I don't want to use it as an herb, but as a steamed or raw vegetable. Does anyone know of a variety grown for its stalks instead of for the weed (fronds)? I'm hoping that someone can point me to something that is the Florence Fennel version of dill.

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

I see the cold snap has affected everyone!! LOL

Just kidding.


    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 10:55PM
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Seems dill is one of those "love it or hate it" herbs. My wife loves it in salads, on baked potatoes, etc. I like it as a spice for cucumber pickles only.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 3:03AM
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I've never heard of eating the stalks of dill, which is what it seems you may be suggesting. What is your source for this info?

I've only grown dill for culinary and decorative reasons and to attract predatory insects to the garden. A few years ago I bought a few different varieties which reseeded so I had many plants for awhile until I mulched heavily which decreased that. I may throw a few seeds around this spring as I like the look of dill even more than the flavor in food.

Couldn't resist taking a pic in the late afternoon with the sun on my dill - really lit it up!

Here is a link that might be useful: different varieties of dill

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 2:03PM
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Geez, doesn't anyone else eat the stalks but me?

Surely someone must have bred a cultivar of dill with enlarged stalks...

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 11:16AM
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Look for Fernleaf dill which was grown for by nurseries for the fronds. Richters herbs also has different varieties for that purpose but Fernleaf is usually found at nurseries or even Home Depot. Marg

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:40AM
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you are not alone,
the turkish/eastern europeans use the stems in a variety of recipes

i would look for a turkish variety or a 'giant' variety that grows tall (like "mammoth")
fernleaf is somewhat of a dwarf, i think

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:36PM
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i checked my seed catalogs,
and found william dam has a variety called 'bouquet'
it is a taller variety they list as 4' tall

(i have ordered seeds from them in the past
and been very pleased with germination and growth)

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 1:08PM
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