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Dill has a feathery soft appearance and mild taste but don’t let that fool you.  It packs a punch when it comes to flavor. You can use the fronds or seeds.

This herb is a hardy plant. Most experts agree that it does not transplant well. If you plant it, it will self-seed if left undisturbed.

Plant some extra to sacrifice for beneficial insects. It is a favorite of predator wasps (the good guys) and most Swallowtail butterflies.
Dried dill can be substituted for fresh but the flavor is much less intense.
Dill is not reserved for pickles (although they are delicious) anymore. Try these suggestions next time you’re in the mood for a unique flavor.
5 Ways to Use Dill
• Add to butter and use on corn on the cob.
• Mix into sour cream or Greek yogurt, with lemon, sugar and salt to use as a dressing for cucumber salad.
• Mix with horseradish and butter for tangy boiled potatoes.
• Add dill and lemon to baked fish to bring out the flavor. Don’t stop with fish. It also enhances shrimp, crab and most seafood.
• Carrots benefit from a sprig of added dill.

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