Organic dill pollen. Raised on a small farm in Silang, Cavite and harvested by hand. WHAT A TREAT! This little vial of golden dill pollen possesses the concentrated aroma of so many dozen sprigs of dill. One whiff of the open bottle and you just know this is going to be a wonderful addition to one’s arsenal of ingredients. I had mentioned dill pollen to Gejo of Kitchen Herbs Farm several months ago when I visited his farm, so I was pleased he had gone to the laborious process of harvesting and bottling the pollen, and honored to be one of the first recipients. Again, as I always wish when new products such as these become available, I hope that consumers and chefs take note and support these efforts to broaden our range of ingredients that are locally produced.
Used in most dishes where you might use dill sprigs, this is best sprinkled on a dish just before serving, adding an intense aroma and flavor of dill. Here I sprinkle dill pollen on about half a knob of butter, and when the butter softens I mix and use on chicken, fish or vegetables…
I suppose the dill pollen can be dried and stored for a longer period (on-line sites have them on offer for a princely sum). But for now, will have to dream up a couple of uses for the dill pollen in the next few days or so. Thanks Gejo for sending this over. If you own a small organic farm near Manila and grow unusual produce items that are sold or delivered to Manila, consider this Marketman’s open invitation to try out your produce as I am always thrilled to discover new things. I will pay for the ingredients, as long as they are conveniently available in the city. And who knows, I might even feature it on the blog so lots of other foodies get to hear about them. :)