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Fennel-like annual or biennial herb (Anethum graveolens) of the parsley family or its dried ripe fruit (seeds) and leafy tops, which are used to season foods. Native to Mediterranean countries and southeastern Europe, dill is now widely cultivated in Europe, India, and North America. The entire plant is aromatic. Particularly in eastern Europe and Scandinavia, the small stems and immature umbels are used for flavouring foods. Dill has a warm, slightly sharp flavour.
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