Dill is the dried fruit of an annual herb of the parsley family. The fruit is oval in shape, green at first and later turning into dark grey. Once the seeds are fully developed yet green, the crop is harvested, threshed and the seeds dried. The dried seed is oval in shape, about 0.4 cm long, ridged, with two capsules each containing a seed. Dill has a distinctive but caraway-like flavour. Dill is a winter crop. It requires well drained, sandy soil and plenty of sunlight and is cultivated along the sub tropical and temperate regions of North India. The quality is enhanced by the adoption of organic cultivation.
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are the major states producing Indian dill. Indian dill finds extensive use in foods, beverages and medicines. Its essential oil constitutes an important flavoring for the pickle industry.