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Dill as 'main' vegetable?

Posted by davidcalgary29 2b AB (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 10, 14 at 23:56

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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RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

I see the cold snap has affected everyone!! LOL

Just kidding.


RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

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.

RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

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!

dill in the sunset photo dillsunset.jpg

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

RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

Geez, doesn't anyone else eat the stalks but me?

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

RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 8:40

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

RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

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

RE: Dill as 'main' vegetable?

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)

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