Dill seeds is an annual herb native of Central Asia, it is also widely grown in Europe and Northern Africa for its culinary and medicinal use. Dill weed, dried leaves of the same plant is also used for flavoring. It is milder in taste when compared to dill seed. Dill seeds are originated in Central Asia. It is however is also grown in large quantity in Egypt and Mediterranean countries or Eastern Europe. It is also getting popular in North America. Its related species Sowa is grown in India whose fruits are larger but less fragrant. India and Pakistan are the major dill production areas, Egypt, Fiji, Mexico, Netherlands, United States, England, and Hungary are other commercially productive areas, making small contributions to the world production.
India is the leading producer of dill seed and its derivatives. The exports of the essential oil and seeds have grown over the past five years. India supplies whole and powdered spice to various European countries.
Specifications of dill seeds as per asta quality standards
|Product Name||Dill Seeds|
|Type||Sortex Cleaned / Machine Cleaned|
|Purity||99.5% / 99%|
|Extraneous Foreign Matter ( % by Weight )||0.50% Max|
|Whole Insects Dead ( By Count )||4 Max|
|Excreta Mammalian ( By mg. / lb )||3 mg / lb Max|
|WExcreta other ( By mg. / lb )||2 mg / lb Max|
|Mold ( % by wgt. )||1% Max|
|Insect defiled / infested ( % by wgt. )||1% Max|
|Total Ash||9.25% Max|
|Acid Insoluble Ash||1.50% Max|
|Flavor||Pungent and aromatic flavor|
|Salmonella||Absent / 25 Gms|
Packaging of dill seeds
|Type of Bags||Quantity|
|New Multi Wall Paper Bag||50 lb / 22.68 kg|
|P. P. Bag||25 / 50 kg|
|Jute Bag||25 / 50 kg|
|Custom Requirement||As per customer requirement|
Container of dill seeds
|Type of Container||Quantity|
|20′ FCL||13.5 MT|
|40′ FCL||27 MT|
Uses of dill seeds
Fresh and dried leaves are widely used as herbs in many countries. Fern like leaves are used to flavor many dishes. Dill or sowa is used in Ayurveda as a medicine for various diseases such as bronchitis, ulcers, spermatorrhoea, cardiac disability, fever, gleet and syphilis. Dill or sowa is a small annual plant with smooth and fine leaves.
Growth habits of dill seeds
Successful cultivation requires warm to hot summers with high sunshine levels; even partial shade will reduce the yield substantially. It also prefers rich, well drained soil. The seeds are viable for three to ten years.