Dill's name comes from the old Norse word dilla which means "to lull." This name reflects dill's traditional uses as both a carminative stomach soother and an insomnia reliever.
A dainty-foliaged annual attaining 2 feet. Sow the seed
either as soon as it is ripe in September, or in spring in
drills half an inch deep. Plant out a foot apart. Dill is
one of the few annual herbs which transplant well.
Dill is native to southern Russia, western Africa and the Mediterranean region. The seeds are stronger and more flavorful than the leaves and are most commonly associated with the cuisines of Scandinavia and Germany. Its green leaves are wispy and fernlike and have a soft, sweet taste.