Dill or Dill weed is a herb that has significance in the culinary field. It is related to celery, cumin, caraway, and fennel and comes from the genus Anethum. Both leaves and seeds are used to add flavor to food as a herb and spice respectively.
The herb grows to about half a meter tall. It has fine needle-like leaves which grow to about 20 centimeters long. with divisions that are about 1 to 2 millimeters in diameter and resemble fennel.
The seeds reach about 4 to 5 millimeters on maturity. It grows best in the well-drained fertile soil in temperate to cold regions.
The herb is most popular in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Baltic states, Russia, and Finland. It is popularly used alongside chives or parsley.
It is also widely used in India, Middle East, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Canada where it is used as a A garnish is an item or substance used to decorate or embellish accompanying a prepared food dish or drink which may be edible or ornamental. They may be used to complement the flavor of the dish or to add a visual appeal. Common edible substances commonly used are parsley, paprika, chives, lemon slices and chocolate among others. Non-edible garnishes an... More over Salmon.
The fresh herb and seeds are available in the marketplaces throughout the year. The fresh herb is superior in flavor and rich in many vital vitamins and antioxidants.
It should be bright green and vibrant when fresh. The stems should be firm and should not show any signs of wilting, rot, mold, or any fungal infections.
At home, one should store the fresh herbs in a refrigerator in a ziplock plastic bag. It should be purchased when needed as it doesn’t keep its flavor over long periods.
The seeds, as well as dill oils, are also available in store throughout the year. It is ideal to buy the seeds whole. Milled seeds unless bought from reputable sources can be adulterated with a lower quality product or other impurities.
Using Dill Weed and Seeds for Culinary Purposes
Wash the fresh herb thoroughly under running water in order to remove dirt and soil particles. Pat dry with a kitchen cloth or paper towel.
You may then chop the herb as desired and add to food at the last moments during the cooking process to retain maximum flavor possible. The same applies to the seeds whether used whole or milled into a powder.
Dill weed and seeds are ideal for sauces and soups. They are also used to garnish appetizers and salads. You can check out this dill seed article which covers more details.
They are also used to impart flavor to vegetable, meat, poultry, and fish dishes.
Dill comes with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential oils. It contains just 43 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More per 100 grams. You will also find good quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and oils.
It contains no cholesterol and is a good source of dietary Fiber also referred to as dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. It comes either soluble in water or insoluble. They are normally resistant to absorption in the human digestive tract. They are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps increase bulk in ingested foods, softens stool and shortens the total time... More.
Dill is rich in the B-complex vitamins such as Folates are also known as Folic acid or vitamin B9 is good for DNA synthesis and is essential for alleviating Anemia and in pregnant women infant neural tube defects. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid can be found naturally in leafy green vegetables. Steam cooking helps retain more of the vitamin during cooking. You can also get it from... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More, and Pyridoxine is also known as pyridoxol or vitamin B6 and can be gotten from fruit, vegetables, and grains. It helps prevent confusion, ulcerations, conjuctivitis, intertigo and neuropathy among others. Alcoholics and the elderly are usually the demographics that tend to have increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.... More. Others are Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 and is useful for the prevention of nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and exhaustion. It is also useful in the regulation of high cholesterol in the system. It an be found mainly in protein foods like liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes.... More and Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin used by animals to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Major food sources include dried mushrooms, liver, dried egg yolks and sunflower seeds among others. Pantothenic acid deficiency is extremely rare but symptoms include impaired energy production, irritability, fatigue, and... More.
Dill is also a very rich source of Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds like retinol, retinoic acid provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene and is important for growth, immune system and good vision especially in low-light and color vision. It can be found in several foods including liver, cod liver oil, carrot, green vegetables, butter, milk sweet potato, Cheese and fish among others.... More and vitamin C. It is also rich in Potassium and other minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Iron, and Magnesium. It is also a great source of Manganese, Phosphorus, and Zinc.
There is a detailed article covering the dill seed here, so please be sure to check it out.