I am so excited. The dill seed from my pantry has germinated!

As I wrote the other day, I mistakenly ordered dill “seed” instead of dill “weed” during my confinement. (I was not able to go out because it was probable that I had coronavirus. So I was ordering all our food online).

I was going to try planting the dill seed and to see what happens since I love fresh dill. Dill is a super versatile herb. It is great in green salads, tuna salad, and potato salad. It is also good in stews and believe it or not, some sweets!

It was an experiment with basically no cost and a huge upside.

  • As I noted yesterday, many fruits and vegetables are now grown from hybrids and the seed are not open pollinated which means that the fruit and vegetables you grow from seeds in your kitchen or pantry may not breed true. That is, you may not get fruits and vegetables or they may not resemble those of the parent.
  • However, the dill doesn’t need to make fruit, it is the leaves that of interest. So whatever grows will still resemble a dill plant. So no cost there.
  • Also doesn’t take up much room or need a big pot so I won’t be using my precious resources of soil and containers to grow it. All in all, it wasn’t/won’t be a big loss if it doesn’t work out.

However, my seeds have already germinated! Here are the baby dill plants. I am so excited!

By the way, in addition to the dishes that use dill mentioned above, Hungarian cuisine uses a lot of dill! I am of Hungarian background so I love using dill. In Hungarian, the word for dill is “kapor”

Here are some Hungarian dishes using dill that you may want to check out.

  • Mushroom soup with fresh dill (kapros gombaleves)
  • Mushroom stew with dill (kapros gombapörkölt)
  • Fresh cucumber salad (uborkasaláta)
  • Dill dumplings (kapros galuska) (to eat with paprikas)
  • Creamed cabbage with dill (kapros káposztafőzelék)
  • Creamed green beans with dill (kapros zöldbabfőzelék)
  • Dill cottage cheese pie (kapros túrós pite) –> this is a sweet!
  • Dill cottage cheese strudel (kapros túrós rétes) –> another sweet!