Mammoth Long Island Dill | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds
Use this dill in pickles and beyond.
Originally named Long Island Dill, this tall billowing relative of Queen Anne's Lace and carrots is perfect for edible landscaping, container gardens and, well, pickles, of course! All parts of the plant--leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds--can be used to impart dill flavor to dishes. We particularly enjoy our early mornings in the seed garden when the dew dropped dill refracts the sunlight.
Beyond its pungent flavor and culinary versatility, dill has a long history of medicinal use. Ancient Egyptians referred to dill as a soother; gladiators believed it imparted courage; churchgoers felt the seeds imbued alertness; and villagers considered dill a protective charm. Dill still makes great pickles, but what of its other uses for the modern age? Where do we most need to be soothed, alert, courageous, and protected? Traffic jams on Long Island. Grow this herb for its flavor, and you may just prevent road rage to boot.
Art Pack, 200 seeds
Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC
Days to Germination 10 to 21 Days to Maturity 70 Planting Depth ½ inch Spacing in Row 12 to 15 inches Spacing Between Rows 18 to 24 inches Height at Maturity 36 inches Width at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Direct sow around last frost, or indoors before last frost and then transplant fairly quickly. Sow Mammoth Long Island Dill every 3-4 weeks for highest quality fresh dill leaves all season. For use as a dry herb, harvest before the umbel (Latin for umbrella) flowers form.
About the Art
Artwork by Lynne Bittner. Lynne Bittner loves wildflowers and makes her living selling her illustrations of them with her design partner and husband Richie Bittner. Together they have created Wildflower Graphics in Greenwich, NY on the banks of the Battenkill River, a few miles east of the Hudson. Lynne is a self taught illustrator. In her early twenties she was inspired by The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, written in 1906. It included her water colors of flora and fauna of the English countryside, along with poetry that she loved. The discovery of this book made a lasting impression on Lynne in many ways and she began to dabble with her own drawings and water colors of local woodland wildflowers, such as dutchmen’s breeches, jack in the pulpits and lady’s slippers to name a few. Lynne's illustrations begin at the drawing board with a line illustration done by hand. Then together with Richie, the drawing is scanned and color, texturing and formatting are created digitally, each illustration taking many hours to complete. They are studio printed on archival papers using archival inks and individually signed by the artist.
From the Artist: "I enjoy the challenge of creating illustrations for The Hudson Valley Seed Library. The assignments that I have been given are not necessarily something I would normally select as an illustrator, thus propelling me into a territory where I am creatively on edge - though a bit unnerving, the end results are always so satisfying! So far, I have created 3 art packs - Mammoth Dill, Lovage and Garlic Chives. I love supporting their efforts and am grateful to have had an opportunity to be a part of this most important enterprise."
Medium: hand drawn line/ digital color