Having fresh dill as part of your culinary repertoire is a great way to add a unique flavor to any dish. Dill is a delicate herb with a mild, slightly sweet taste. It has a subtle hint of anise and can be used to add a delicate flavor to salads, soups, fish, and other dishes. Dill can also be used to make a delicious sauce or dip, and it’s a key ingredient in many pickling recipes. In this post, we’ll discuss the different types of dill, how to store and prepare it, and some tasty recipes you can try at home. So let’s get started and learn how to make the most of dill in your cooking!
Dill Nutrition Facts and Calories Chart
Dill is an incredibly nutritious food that is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. It is also high in dietary fiber, which helps to keep you full and satisfied for longer. Dill is also a great source of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and protect your cells from damage. Eating dill can help improve your digestion and even help to reduce your risk of certain cancers. Try adding some dill to your diet today and enjoy the many health benefits it provides! Nutritional value per 100 g dill:
- Biotin: 0 mcg
- Calcium: 120 mg
- Carbohydrates (Carbs): 6.4 g
- Chloride: 60 mg
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Choline: 15.7 mg
- Chromium: 0.8 mcg
- Copper: 0.2 mg
- Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g
- Energy (Calories): 42 kcal
- Fat: 0.5 g
- Iodine: 0.3 mcg
- Iron: 1.8 mg
- Magnesium: 42 mg
- Manganese: 0.3 mg
- Molybdenum: 4.5 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid: 0.3 mg
- Phosphorus: 38 mg
- Potassium: 330 mg
- Protein: 3.5 g
- Saturated fat: 0.1 g
- Selenium: 0.2 mcg
- Sodium: 37 mg
- Sugars: 1.8 g
- Vitamin A: 1452 IU
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 0.1 mg
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.1 mg
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 0.2 mg
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 0.3 mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.2 mg
- Vitamin B9 (Folate / Folic Acid): 54.4 mcg
- Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
- Vitamin C: 12.8 mg
- Vitamin D: 0 IU
- Vitamin E: 0.6 mg
- Vitamin K: 164.7 mcg
- Water: 84.9 g
- Zinc: 0.3 mg
Dill in India
Dill is aromatic, somewhat like caraway is, but much milder and sweeter. The taste of dill resembles fennel in some ways, but is slightly more pungent and aggressive in flavor. Pickled cucumbers and beets wouldn’t be complete without dill seed. Nor would green apple pies, certain soups, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, cottage cheese and some nut butters.
- Scientific Binomial: Anethum graveolens
- Common English: Dill
- Sanskrit: Satakuppa / Amarapushpika / Shatapushpa
- Hindi / Urdu: Soa / Savaa / Sooya
- Bengali: Sowa
- Marathi: Shepu
- Telugu: Sompa / Soa-kura / Saba Sige
- Tamil: Catakuppai / kattucata kuppai / sada kuppi / satha kuppi
- Kannada: Sabasige / sabbasige soppu
- Malayalam: Chatakuppa / Shatakuppa
- Punjabi / Sindhi
Organic dillweed has slightly pungent, aromatic and bitter in taste makes it part of many homemade sauce, mayonnaise, and salad dressings. If you want to take dill leaves juice then try mixing it with any other juice. Leaves are stimulant and are useful in increasing secretion and discharge of urine and in counteracting spasmodic disorders. It is soothing and calming medicine which improve the functional activity of stomach.
- Insomnia: Calm and sedative property of this herb makes it ancient remedy for insomnia. If you have trouble sleeping at night, consider this remedy. Bring 1 pint of white wine almost to a boil (but don’t boil). Remove from heat and add 4 tsp. dill seeds. Cover and steep for 30 min. Drink 1-1/2 cups lukewarm 30-45 minutes before retiring. Indians believe that putting some dill leaves near the pillow while going to bed induces sound sleep. Greeks believe that covering head with the herb leaves induce sleep. It was considered a charm against witchcraft and was burned to drive away thunderous clouds and sulphureous fumes.
- Hyperacidity: Dill oil is an effective remedy for hyperacidity, flatulent colic, hiccup and diarrhoea due to indigestion. Mix a drop of this oil in a teaspoon of honey and licked immediately after meal.
- Baby Colic: A drop of dill oil mixed with castor oil is good for young children to prevent gripping pain in abdomen and increases its purgative action by relaxing the intestines. To treat colic and gas in the children under 2 years, dill tea is very effective. To prepare tea, add 2 teaspoons of mashes seeds to a cup of boiling water. Steeped for 10 minutes. Try giving this tea 3 cups a day for adult and for children dilute with extra water.
- Improves Lactation: A tea made with 1 tsp. each of anise, coriander, caraway and dill seeds is excellent for stimulating the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers, when taken daily lukewarm, 1 cup about an hour before feeding an infant.
- Digestive Disorders: Decoction of dill is very useful in children. Just add 1 or 2 teaspoon of decoction of the fresh leaves mixed with each baby food will prevent digestive disorders in babies and help them sleep well.
- Halitosis: Try chewing some dill seeds the next time you experience halitosis. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how quickly they sweeten and freshen your breath. It is a digestive aid that settles the stomach. Using dill in different recipes everyday assures smooth digestion and prevents constipation.
- Diarrhoea: To treat diarrhoea mix together dill seeds and fenugreek seeds in equal proportion. Roast these seeds with ghee (clarified butter). Once cool down, powdered them. Mix this powder with curd or buttermilk.
- Common Cold: In the treatment of colds and influenza, try mixing about 60 gm of seed infusion with honey. Take this mixture thrice a day.
- Boils: One more effective use of dill is to bring boils to head. A paste made from the fresh dill leaves and little turmeric powder can be applied to ripen blood boils, to prevent formation of pus in ulcers and heals them quickly. To reduce the pain of the joints and swelling, boil the leaves with sesame oil and make an excellent liniment.
Side Effects and Warnings
It is advisable to expectant mothers to use this spice in less quantity, as its excessive use may cause abortion. In sensitive persons, indigestion dill might cause skin rash, but the leaves, seeds and seed oil are considered nontoxic. Discontinue use in case of skin rashes.