Dill

Ingredients

  • Organic Dill Seed

Origin​

  • Europe

Form

  • Seeds

Certification

  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • Spring and Summer with soups, Fall and Winter with stews

Background

  • Dill originated in Eastern Europe and spread to the Mediterranean room where it grows easily (and wild). Dill seed has a long history of use as a digestive, evidenced by the fact that the 8th-century emperor, Charlemagne, regularly doled out portions of dill seed to be chewed by banquet attendees to stave off hiccups and digestive upsets. Dill attracts some garden pests but is fairly resistant to those pests and diseases making it a desirable companion plant to other vegetable plants.

Cooking

  • Dill seeds are the underappreciated little brother to fresh dill leaves. Dill leaves are glorious to add to fish, my favorite artichoke dipping sauce, salads as well as for decoration. The filigree looking leaves with their fresh looking green is simply beautiful. Well, in comparison, you just have a "boring" looking seed. The magic with dill seeds is that they can instill the dill flavor without being obvious. They come to the party being subtle but carrying the same weight as their older brother. Try them and you will appreciate their contribution to a great dish.

Cultural​

  • Dill has been used as a medicinal herb for at least 5,000 years. The Ancient Egyptians used dill as a soothing medicine, and it was also used in aphrodisiacs and to ward off witches. The Greeks used dill as a symbol of wealth. The Romans believed that dill brought good fortune. The Romans also used dill leaves in the wreaths they made to recognize athletes and heroes. 

​Spiritual

  • Dill has been mentioned in the Bible, but due to translation issues, but often been misrepresented as anise (the Greek word for dill was anethon which sounds like anise). Dill, as Indian dill, has become part of the Ayurveda system and is credited with improving hunger, supportive of digestive, abdominal colic, intestinal colic, Ophthalmic disorders, and pelvic inflammatory disease conditions.

Medicinal​

  • Dill seeds contain essential oils that are rich in carvone which is used against dyspepsia (indigestion). Dill seeds are also considered to have antispasmodic and bacteriostatic properties. It has some analgesic properties and can help with body pain. That's why in ancient times, soldiers would apply burnt dill seeds to wounds to help them heal.

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