Dill

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Dill is an annual herb, that can grow to 1metre. It looks very much like Fennel with its threadlike,feathery, blue –green leaves.

Dill seed and Dill leaf can be used, and differentiated by their degree of pungency.There are occasions where seed is better to use because of its sharper flavour, but Dill leaf can be used generously as it enhances rather than dominates the flavour of food.  Other names:  Sometimes known as Dillweed or Dillseed.

Facts

Dill is an annual herb, that can grow to 1 metre.  It looks very much like Fennel with its threadlike, feathery, blue –green leaves.  Dill seed and Dill leaf can be used, and differentiated by their degree of pungency.  There are occasions where seed is better to use because of its sharper flavour, but Dill leaf can be used generously as it enhances rather than dominates the flavour of food.

Keep Dill plants away from fennel, otherwise they will cross pollinate and their individual flavours will become muddled.

Nutrition and health benefits

Dill is an antispasmodic and calmative.  Dill tea is a popular remedy for an upset stomach, hiccups or insomnia and is also used by nursing mothers to promote the flow of milk.  It improves the appetite and aids digestion.  It is an ingredient of gripe water and other children’s medicines because of its ability to ease flatulence and colic.

How to use Dill

Has a pronounced tang!  Fresh leaves are used in salads and as a garnish.  Dried leaves are often added to soups or sauces, and it is a great favourite in fish dishes.  Before it sets seed, add one flowering head to a jar of pickled gherkins, cucumbers and cauliflowers for a flavour stronger than dill leaves, but fresher than seeds.

Storage Instructions

Please keep refrigerated. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Rinse before use.

Recipes

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Baked Salmon with dill sauce

Baked Salmon with dill sauce

Serves 6.  If you prefer you can lightly fry the salmon in a pan with a little butter instead of baking it, it is excellent if it is slightly under-cooked (if it is fresh and good quality salmon).  Serve with a salad of berries and baby greens. Ingredients 1/2 cup sour cream or good quality yogurt 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 …

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Tzatsiki

Tzatsiki

Cool and creamy, this tangy cucumber dip flavored with garlic is the perfect complement to grilled meats and vegetables. It’s served on the side with warm pita bread triangles for dipping, and is also used as a condiment. Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp vinegar 2 cloves garlic, minced finely 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp white pepper 1 cup …

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