Dill the herb is a plant which is used today in cooking. Dill is mentioned in historical texts, myths and legends, and quoted as beneficial and full of vitamins, including medicinal uses and it can be stored for off-season use.
Dill is mentioned in literature as a pun word by people for many reasons for example:
- Kind of a big dill
- You’re a big dill
For further information on Dill, check out this site of quotes.
Family Name: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Botanical name (Latin): Anethum graveolens
Growth Times: annual, sometimes biennial or all year round indoors
Likes: LED light
Growing medium: will grow without soil in AeroGarden using peat
Nutrients: Water, liquid plant food
Pests: can come under attack indoors from aphids brought inside from outdoors
Disease: can suffer from root rot
Normally it is grown outside as an annual herb in spring. It that has long thin, slender stalks, fine feathery green leaves and edible white or yellow flowers. Can grow as tall as 2 to 3 feet in height. Also known as dill weed which belongs in the same family as parsley and celery.
The flavour of dill is mixed; it has a blend of licorice, caraway and fennel taste. It can easily be mistaken for fennel because the fronds are similar. Harmonious with zucchini, summer squash, asparagus and spinach and is an ideal additive for fish, salad and Greek dishes.
Growing Dill indoors
Dill is an easy to grow plant and can grow very quickly in your AeroGarden, indoors.
If growing outdoors planting conditions are different for dill, they like rich, loose soil, that is slightly acidic, moist and well-drained. Dill likes cool weather and can run to bolt in hot weather, loves full sun and protected from strong winds because the stalks are relatively thin and hollow.
Once the plant has developed more than four leaves, it is ready to harvest. You can either cut the whole stalk or cut individual leaves as required during its growing season. If you want seed, you will need to let it flower and as it dies the seeds will ripen.
Historical facts on Dill
Historically dill is well known and is a native to the eastern Mediterranean region, Russia and western Asia. Dill is an old Norse word, Dylla. It means to soothe or lull.
Dill is a plant that is known in history as a culinary and medicinal herb. It has been recorded in records as a soothing medicine.
- Dates back in written medical texts to about 3000 B.C.
- The Gladiators had dill added to their meals, to bring them valor and courage.
- 1st Century Rome – good luck symbol
Germany and Belgium
- Brides would attach a sprig of dill to their wedding gowns
- Carry them in their bouquets of flowers for a happy blessed marriage
Ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain
The name Dill is a baptismal name meaning the son of Dilk. It originally brought to England during the Norman Conquest of 1068. Dill as a surname was found in Warwickshire. “Maxstoke Castle is a property of Capt. Thomas Dilke, R. N., a descendant of Sir Thomas Dilke. (source: House of Names)
Various types of Dill
- Wild Dill
- Dill weed
- Dill Bouquet
As the dill flowers come to an end, the stems start to dry, and the seeds will turn a golden brown colour. At the end of the cycle, you can collect the seed.
Collecting the seeds
To collect the seeds, you can use a brown paper bag, place it over the flower heads and tie the opening shut. Cut the stem at the base of the plant. Then hang upside down in a warm, well-aired place to dry for a couple of weeks. Take the stems down gather and crush the seed head with your hands over a container to separate the seeds from the dead flower heads.
Another method is to lay the seed heads on a cookie sheet and placing them in the freezer. Remove the frozen seed heads after a few days and then rub the seeds between your hands over a piece of paper to harvest them.
Once used for
Oval flat, brown pungent spice is quite toxic to birdlife. Crushed or ground into a powder and used in cooking, pickling.
Dill seeds were once used and given out during church services to suppress the appetite of Puritan and Quaker children to keep them quiet.
Nutritional Benefits of Dill Seeds
Dill seeds have a number of beneficial vitamins and one tablespoon provides:
Myths and Legends
- protection from witchcraft
- make charms from sprigs of dill to hang around the house or worn on clothing
- love potions
- happiness and good fortune in marriages
Benefits of Dill
Dill has many benefits when eaten fresh it low in calories and is a great source of vitamins and minerals and a rich source of antioxidants. It is consumed in small quantities, about 1 cup can be sprinkled over your food. Vitamins include:
- Vitamin C – immune system, bone formation, wound healing and metabolism, antioxidant
- Manganese – brain, nervus system and metabolism of sugar and fat
- Vitamin A -vision and healthy immune system
Power of the Dill Herb
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Is Dill a natural healer?
- ailing stomach
- digestive disorders and diseases
- stimulate milk production in mothers
- alleviate colic in infants
- Chronic inflammation
- Heart disease
- Certain forms of cancer
Are there any side effects of using Dill?
Normally safe for consumption. Rare allergic reactions can occur such as vomiting, diarrhea, itchy mouth, swollen red bumps on the tongue and throat swelling.
Advice that pregnant women and when breast feeding need to avoid dill pills or extracts of dill.
Culinary use of Dill
- In cooking add at the end to maintain flavour and colour of the fronds
- Garnish in soups and roasted vegetables
- Sprinkle on top of salads
- Onions, cabbage, potatoes, cu min, chili powder, and paprika
- Casseroles, lamb, Salmon, eggs
- Mix in potato salads or on baked or roasted potatoes
- Stir in your favourite dips
- Mix in your sauces, marinades and salad dressings
- Herb Bath Dill
- Breath freshner
- Make soap, perfumes, detergents, creams, and lotions
They say the best time to harvest dill is early in the morning. Because the plant is at its highest moisture content, which provides better flavour and prevents seeds from shattering reduced.
If you are growing your plants indoors in an AeroGarden I believe you can harvest your plant at any time.
It’s important to not allow your plant to run to bolt and to prevent this from happening is to harvest the tops on a regular basis.
If you have dill weed growing outdoors it is best to harvest the plant at the end of its cycle.
Preserving and Storing Dill
Preserving and storing dill can be done in various ways. Which way you chose is a personal preference. Below are some ways you can store your freshly picked dill.
Storing Fresh dill
- Rinse fresh dill in water and wrap the sprigs loosely in a paper towel, place in a zip-top plastic bag. Store in the vegetable drawer for 1 week. If you don’t wrap them they will only last two to three days.
- Cut stems of fresh dill can be placed in a cup of water to help keep the leaves fresher longer
- To dry dill naturally, cut and hang upside down in a warm place. Allow air to circulate to speed up the drying process. Dried dill and dill seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place for 6 months to 1 year.
- Lay sprigs of fresh picked dill on waxed paper and place it in a warm dark spot that has good air circulation.
- Consult your guide to the dehydrator for drying dill or herbs
Once dried dill needs to be stored in an airtight container in a dark place.
Rinse dill under the tap and place sprigs on a tray in a single layer and freeze. Transfer to freezer bag and return to freezer for up to 6 months for best flavour. Add to cooking without thawing.
Finally you can preserve dill in olive oil and sprinkle it over you favourite salad.
Dill oil 1 bottle of olive oil, bunch of Dill, chopped fine in a food processor; add to oil. Store in a dark place.
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