Developed during the 1800s in eastern Europe and especially popular in Poland and Russia, Dukat dill was named after a coin that was used in several eastern European countries at the time. Dukat dill is especially well-suited for pickling, with a high essential oil content and a sweeter taste than most other varieties.
The plants are compact, heat resistant, slow to bolt and similar in size to ‘’Bouquet,’’ but with lusher foliage. Although it is most often used to make dill pickles with garlic and vinegar, Dukat dill remains a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Try it in a dill sour cream dip or a Tzatziki, in a potato salad or served with salmon or chicken.
- Latin Name: Anethum graveolens
- Life Cycle: Biennal, usually grown as an annual
- Canada Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Days to Maturity: 100
- Planting Depth: 5 mm
- Plant Spacing: 20-30 cm
- Growth Habit: 60-90 cm tall
The recognizable aroma of dill wafts through the air upon any contact with its flowing fronds. The slight, green leaves are an excellent accompaniment to summer salads and essential for big batches of pickles.
Dill doesn’t transplant well due to its deep taproot. For that reason, it should be sown directly into the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Germination should occur within a week or two if the soil temperature is 15 degrees or above. Select a site that has rich, well-drained soil, receives full sun and will be sheltered from strong winds.
Plant plenty of seed at a depth of 5 mm and gently water in, being sure to keep the soil damp throughout the germination and seedling phase. A couple weeks after germination, thin plants to 30 cm apart. Every few weeks, seed a new round of dill in order to have a constant supply of the fresh green herb.
When the plants have five or six leaves they can be harvested, starting first with the oldest leaves. To save time and effort for next season, make sure some plants are left to go to seed. Seeds will drop, scatter and sprout the following spring.
- Dill is a member of the celery family and was first cultivated thousands of years ago by the Egyptians.
- Dill seeds will remain viable for 3 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.
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