Dill, Mammoth Long Island (Anethum graveolens) is a popular variety of dill known for its large size and abundant foliage. Dill is an herb from the Apiaceae family, and its feathery leaves and seeds are widely used in cooking and pickling.
Appearance: Mammoth Long Island dill plants can grow up to 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120 cm) in height, making them taller than other dill varieties. The plant has soft, fern-like leaves that are green and delicate in appearance. It produces small yellow flowers that eventually turn into seed heads.
Culinary uses: Both the leaves and seeds of dill are used in cooking. The leaves have a fresh, aromatic flavor with a hint of anise and are commonly used as a seasoning in various dishes. They are particularly popular in Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisines. Dill leaves are often added to salads, dips, sauces, fish dishes, and pickles. The seeds have a stronger flavor and are used in pickling recipes, bread, and certain spice blends.
Cultivation: Mammoth Long Island dill can be grown in vegetable gardens, herb gardens, or containers. It is a cool-season herb that can be planted in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. Dill plants tend to bolt (produce flowers and set seeds) quickly in hot weather, so succession planting or providing some shade can help extend the leaf harvest. Harvesting can be done by snipping off the fresh leaves as needed.
Health benefits: Dill is known for its potential health benefits. It contains essential oils, vitamins, and minerals that may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Dill is also believed to aid digestion, reduce flatulence, and promote overall gastrointestinal health.
Other uses: Apart from its culinary uses, dill has been used in traditional medicine and herbal remedies for various purposes, such as soothing an upset stomach or relieving colic symptoms in infants. Dill leaves and seeds are also sometimes used in teas and infusions.
Dill, Mammoth Long Island, with its tall stature and abundant foliage, is a favored variety among gardeners and cooks alike. Whether used fresh or dried, its distinct flavor and aroma make it a versatile herb that adds a delightful touch to many dishes, particularly those with seafood, vegetables, or pickles.