Anethi Fructus, commonly known as Dill Fruit is the dried ripe fruit of the plant Peucedanum graveolens, a member of the Umbelliferæ or Apiaceæ family - the carrot and parsley family. The name Dill comes from the Norse word, dilla, meaning 'to lull' - a reference to its carminative properties.
Synonyms - Anethum graveolus, Fructus Anethi
Habitat - Southern Europe, Mediterranean region and Southern Russia
Uses - As a stimulant, aromatic and a carminative (relieves flatulence). Leaves of the plant are used as a common culinary herb and flavouring. A common culinary use is in pickling cucumbers.
Characteristics - Brown in colour with a pleasantly aromatic odour and taste. Outer ridges are paler brown then the rest of the seed, each has six stripes. Seeds are broadly oval, about 4mm long and from 2mm to 3mm broad.