Seafarer Mama/Karen is a lifelong gardener, culinary artist & researcher with a passion for growing organic food & preparing healthy meals.
Dill's Ornamental and Fragrant Blessings
Dill is a pretty plant, and it grows flowers that spring from the stems that also produce the feathery dillweed used to season seafood and pickles.
Where Does Dill Grow?
Dill grows in rich soil that enjoys full exposure to sunlight. It doesn't thrive when transplanted, so the seeds need to be sown in soil where they can be left to grow for the full season. The best place to grow dill is in a dedicated herb garden.
What Else Is Good to Know About Dill?
Dill's latin name is Anethum graveolens. It is a member of the Apiaceae family, along with celery. It's a great companion plant for cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, onions and corn. The dill plant helps other plants grow because of its attractiveness to honeybees and other pollinators.
How Should I Store Fresh Dill?
Dill lasts six months if it is dried and stored in a spice jar, or frozen. There are a couple of ways to freeze it. One is to put it in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. The other is to chop it up and place it in an ice tray with water or broth. That way, the cubes can be added to a soup you are making.
What Are Dill's Culinary Uses?
In addition to pickling cucumbers to make delicious pickles, dill is often used for cooking seafood and included in dressings and dips. It's also added to egg salads and a variety of sandwiches.
Learn More About Dill's History
Health Benefits of Dillweed
There are some important ways that dillweed supports our health. First of all, it's packed with lots of vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamins B2 and B6 (mood)
- Vitamin A (eyesight)
- Calcium (bones)
- Dietary Fiber
Historically, dillweed was a sign of wealth in ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates used dillweed for cleaning the mouth. The seeds were eaten to settle stomachs. Bowls of them were set out on the dining table so guests could chew on them before eating the meal. Ancient soldiers burnt the seeds and applied them to their wounds to promote healing.
Health Benefits Packed Into a Handful of Dillweed
A half cup of dill can go a long way. The feathery dillweed contains anti-bacterial qualities that makes it a good dressing for injuries. It also contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that protect the body against cancer-inducing free radicals. The calcium and other vitamins, like B2 and B6, protect the body against bone loss as we age. It's also a stomach relaxant and can alleviate nausea or cramping. In the past, it's been pulverized and given to colicky babies to help them feel better.
Dill is so versatile in its uses and non-culinary applications. The video gives information about drying dillweed and using it to make infusions and tinctures. Enjoy the recipe at the end. I hope you'll try it. I cooked the dish on my electric grill, but you can make it in a pan (or two) on your stove, whether it's gas or electric. Bon appetit!
Grilled Salmon and Potatoes With Lemon and Dill
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- 3 salmon steaks
- 8 finger potatoes, diced
- 1 lemon, juiced and zested
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dillweed
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, sprayed or dripped
- Spray a grill pan with olive oil and heat stove or grill element. Wash the 3 salmon steaks.
- Squeeze and zest lemon. Rub each salmon steak with 1/2 tablespoon of juice and 1/4 teaspoon of zest.
- Rub each salmon steak with 1/2 tablespoon of dillweed. Grill for 25 minutes.
- While the salmon is grilling, dice the potatoes. Then toss them with half the remaining lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of dillweed.
- When the salmon is cooked, set aside (keep it warm in the oven, if desired). Spray the grill pan with olive oil and grill potatoes until they turn golden brown.
- Serve each salmon steak on a plate with 1/3 grilled potatoes. A 1/3 cup each of warm, buttery peas makes a great side to this dish. Serve warm.
How Many Stars Do You Give This Recipe?
Below are some of my sources for the research behind this article:
- Health benefits and nutrition information
- The important vitamins contained in Dill
- Culinary Uses of Dill
- History of how dill has been used
- Herbs (The Little Guides). Burnie, Geoffrey, Consulting Editor. Fog City Press, San Francisco, 2000.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Karen A Szklany
Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on September 14, 2020:
Nancy ~ Yes, dips are some of my favorite dill-flavored food!
Peggy ~ I loved writing this article. My daughter loves dill on lots of stuff, too, so I season with it often.
Danny ~ Thank you for your encouraging words. I've written a whole series of articles about herbs, and I hope you have a chance to enjoy the others. ~:0)
Thank you all for stopping by and reading!
Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on September 14, 2020:
I love Dill. I cook with it all the time. And, also use it in homemade dips. This is a great recipe. Dill really goes well with salmon. I wasn't aware of all the health benefits it has, so many thanks.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2020:
I love the flavor of dill. It was fascinating learning about all of the health benefits of consuming and using it.
Danny from India on September 14, 2020:
This is an amazing herb. Actually spices and herbs is a must in your kitchen for its health-boosting benefits.
Wonderful article Karen. Looking for more such herbs.