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(Anethum graveolens)

The word “dill” comes from the Norse “dilla” meaning “to lull”. Dill tea is used to help lull a person to sleep. The dill plant is used primarily in pickling which is explains how the term Dill Pickles came about.

Health Benefits

As a carminative (helps with intestinal gas), dill aids digestion, stimulates the appetite, and settles the stomach. The anti-bacterial properties of dill are associated from the essentials oils from the leaves. Dill inhibits the growth of several bacteria. This effect suggests that it might help prevent gastrointestinal illness-infectious diarrhea caused by these same microorganisms. Dill seeds and leaves are used to freshen the breath and mouth.

Nutritional Value

Dried dill provides is a good source of a broad range of minerals including iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Fresh dill provides a better source of vitamins A and C.

Recipe Ideas

Dill leaves and seeds are used are used for culinary purposes. With its mild anise flavor, dill can be added to a wide variety of soups, stews and main course dishes. A dash of dill adds flavor to egg salad. Combine 4 tablespoons of low-fat sour cream or low-fat plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of dried dill. Squeeze half a lime and add a dash of red pepper. Mix and serve over salmon or other grilled fish.

Interesting Facts

Dill is used to stop the hiccups.

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