Because dill weed and dill seed are so different in terms of taste, it is not recommended to swap one for the other when preparing a meal using a recipe. If you do this, you could end up with a meal that is not interesting or tasty.
There are many differences between dill seeds and dill weeds despite both coming from the same plant. The dill seeds are the seeds and the dill weed are the leaves. Below are their differences in terms of taste, usage, and storage.
In terms of taste, dill weed can be used fresh or when dry. When fresh, it can be mixed with cheese or soup. The weed/leaves taste like a mix of lemon, parsley, and a sprinkling of anise. In contrast, dill seeds taste different. They taste like caraway. So dill weed and dill seed taste different despite coming from the same plant.
In terms of popularity, people like both somewhat equally. This is because they are used differently. People who like dill weed, like it because it is great for making salads, and it goes well with potatoes, cheese, or yogurt. In contrast, people who like dill seeds, like them because they are great for enhancing the taste of pickles and they go well with sausages, cabbage, and potatoes.
Dill weed’s aroma is strong but when cooked it becomes softer and great for soft dishes. In contrast, the aroma of dill seeds is enhanced by cooking and can sometimes feel too powerful if used in excess.
Several studies have revealed that dill can help in the management of diabetes.
Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a spice plant that has been cultivated in Asia for many centuries. It has also been popular in Europe for many years. Both the seeds and the leaves of this plant are used as ingredients in food preparation. And even though both ingredients come from the same plant, they each provide a unique taste.
If you must substitute, see below:
Do you know how much dill seed is equivalent to one head of fresh dill?? I am going to make pickles, and fresh dill is not available. Thanks in advance for your help. – Judith Cartwright (8/22/01)
Dill seed is not a good substitute for fresh dill weed because of the difference in flavor strength but it does depend on the recipe. The seed has a camphorous, slightly bitter flavor, and the weed has a delicate flavor. The differences are like night and day.
3 heads dill = 1 tablespoon dill seed
1/2 ounce dill seed = 1/2 cup fresh dill
3- to 5-inch sprig of fresh dill = 1/4 teaspoon of dried dill weed.