We have seen in this article how great a herb dill weed is. This time around we will be discussing the dill seed which measures 4 to 5 millimeters long and 1 millimeter in diameter.
The seeds which have a similar flavor to caraway is used as a spice. That is in contrast with the leaves which are more aromatic in flavor. Oil can also be extracted from the seeds as well as the rest of the plant. The primary use of the oil from the seed is in soap production.
Dill Seed in the Culinary setting
The dill seeds can be found used in a couple of ways in the culinary fields. It can be found in baked bread such as the akvavit of Sweden. They can also be used as a garnish on salads as well as being found widely used in Asian cuisine.
One can find the seeds being used in curry dishes and pulao. It is also widely used in European cuisine especially Eastern Europe. The Middle East is also not left behind when it comes to the use of this seed as a food ingredient where it is popularly used to flavor omelet eggs.
The dill seed is available in markets throughout the year. Good quality dill seed leaves a peppery scent when rubbed between the fingers.
It may be purchased as whole seeds or ground into powder. it is always advisable to buy the whole seeds to avoid the possibility of adulterated powder from unscrupulous sources.
The whole seeds can be stored for several months in an airtight container kept in a cool, dry, and dark place. The powder should be kept in a refrigerator as it loses flavor rather quickly.
The oil extract is known to have anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, galactagogue, and sedative properties. To get more details about the leaves, which are used as a herb you can follow this link.