Dill, common name for a fennel like annual
or biennial herb of the parsley family or its dried, ripe fruit,
or seeds, and leafy tops; these are used to season foods,
particularly in eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Native to
Mediterranean countries and south eastern Europe, dill is widely
cultivated in Europe, India, North America and the UK.
Dill has a strong, aromatic taste somewhat similar to caraway that is
used in Europe to flavor bread, soups, stews, sauces, fish, cucumber and
pickles with the Indians using it to flavor lentil or bean dishes. Mixed
with other herbs it is fantastic in a herb flavored vinegar that will
compliment any salad.