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Tarragon or dill - which is more useful?

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Freddyfredfred Fri 21-Apr-17 10:50:50


I'm just planting some herbs. I've got space for one more herb in my planter. Would you choose tarragon or dill? Which do you use most? They're not herbs I use that often, so difficult to decide. Thought I'd canvas opinion here!

I already have chives, basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, mint and coriander.


TheSpottedZebra Fri 21-Apr-17 12:52:24

Bay is most useful!

I like and use dill much more than tarragon. But dill is an annual or maybe biennial, so a bit more faff.
If you do get tarragon, get French not Russian - he taste is much nicer.

Chewbecca Fri 21-Apr-17 13:53:46

I would generally use dill with fish dishes and tarragon with chicken dishes. Which do you cook more?

Hulder Fri 21-Apr-17 13:55:57

Personally I would say tarragon. Less faff.

Dill has a tendency to colonize your garden and if you grow fennel as well you will end up with hybrid fendill which isn't nice.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Fri 21-Apr-17 13:59:05

Tarragon. I use it a lot. It's also very good with mushrooms and essential for bearnaise sauce.

HomityBabbityPie Fri 21-Apr-17 13:59:37

Tarragon because even the smell of dill makes me heave.

MiddleClassProblem Fri 21-Apr-17 14:01:22

I'm not a dill fan either but love tarragon. I use it a fair bit with chicken but also do a white wine based sayce with it for seafood or fish and pasta

QuackDuckQuack Fri 21-Apr-17 14:03:05

We use tarragon from our garden fairly frequently. We have never missed having dill.

n0ne Fri 21-Apr-17 14:10:32

Tarragon is more versatile - goes with chicken, fish and beef. Dill only goes with fish.

MiladyThesaurus Fri 21-Apr-17 14:12:01

I like dill more than tarragon, and use it with a lot more than fish.

Which do you use more?

TheSpottedZebra Fri 21-Apr-17 14:31:27

I had no idea that tarragon was so popular. That, or this poll is RIGGED.

Freddy do you have bay?

toffeeboffin Fri 21-Apr-17 14:32:17


Dill is rank.

4merlyknownasSHD Fri 21-Apr-17 14:45:57

Dill is delicious with fish. Period.
Tarragon is delicious with fish and really delicious with chicken. Go with Tarragon.

Freddyfredfred Fri 21-Apr-17 14:54:47

I don't have bay, might have to look at that. I've got a big planter, but could have a couple of pots too. My mint is in its own pot, I had a mint plant once that spread a bit too much. Dill spreading everywhere doesn't sound great to me. I think it'll have to be tarragon. I probably cook more chicken than fish.

originalbiglymavis Fri 21-Apr-17 14:57:20

I use dill a lot. DS went through a Skandi phase so I shoved it in everything for a while. Nice in a stirfry.

Natsku Fri 21-Apr-17 15:00:30

Tarragon, I cook chicken a lot so use it a lot. Dill is great for fish and new potatoes but not really for much else.

originalbiglymavis Fri 21-Apr-17 15:05:09

No, you really can use it in lots of things!

Tatiebee Fri 21-Apr-17 15:07:06

I use Tarragon quite a lot with chicken and pork.

originalbiglymavis Fri 21-Apr-17 15:08:12

Rosemary? I like nice smelly things.

TheSpottedZebra Fri 21-Apr-17 15:32:33

Dill is AMAZING!
So good with salads, potatoes, root veg - espcially beetroot.
Great in things like spanakopita -so all cooked greens really.
Good with eggs.

CheshireChat Sat 22-Apr-17 18:01:47

Oregano! Could you grow that? Particularly nice with Greek food.

Otherwise tarragon, but I hate dill.

OnyK Sat 22-Apr-17 20:51:02

I'd take the mint out and plant it in a separate pot, as it's very invasive. Then you'll have room for tarragon and dill. I would also squeeze an oregano in.

OnyK Sat 22-Apr-17 20:51:58

Just saw your post about mint - ignore me!

Mupflup Sat 22-Apr-17 20:52:38

Not helpful but tarragon is VILE. So I'm voting for dill.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 22-Apr-17 20:52:46


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