Among the different herbs and spices available to us, dill is one that we can use to flavour our dishes, a herb found mainly in European and Asian cuisines.
Dill as a plant
Dill has slender stems of 30-45 centimetres with soft leaves that have a sweet, grassy flavour. Its seeds have a slightly citrusy flavour and are used to flavour vinegars and cooked dishes. The plant is very aromatic, with a fragrance similar to anise and lemon. The leaves and fruits are often used in cooking, while the seeds are used as infusions for medicinal purposes.
Properties and benefits of dill
Fresh dill has very few calories but is a source of several essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, manganese and vitamin A. Its micronutrients also include potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
Vitamin C is vital for the immune system and contributes to bone formation, wound healing and metabolism. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for eye health and supporting a healthy immune system. It also plays a role in male and female reproduction.
Dill is also a good source of manganese. Manganese is an essential mineral that contributes to the normal functioning of the brain, the nervous system and the metabolism of fats and sugars.
Dill can enrich our diet just by adding a small amount to our dishes, because of its great variety of vitamins and minerals. Its benefits include:
- Caring for the skin. Dill’s high vitamin A and vitamin C content helps to maintain healthy skin and its antioxidant properties help to combat aging.
- Hair care. Dill has antibacterial properties that help to keep our hair healthy and free from infection.
- Healthy weight loss. Dill is high in fibre, creating a feeling of fullness that helps to control anxiety and cravings. As a result, it promotes the slimming process in a healthier way while allowing us to take care of our digestive system.
- Digestion. Dill makes digestion easier and avoids stomach discomfort.
- Immune system. Fresh dill is rich in vitamin C, which helps to strengthen the immune system and prevent colds.
- Relieves menstrual cramps. Attenuates uterus spasms and menstrual cramps.
Using dill in the kitchen
Dill is a tasty ingredient that is easy to add to dishes. Like other herbs, it can be used fresh or dried. When dried, all its nutrients along with its flavour and aroma are concentrated.
It is used in pickles and to season fish, particularly salmon. It can also be used as a condiment, and just a spoonful of dill adds flavour and increases the nutritional density of meals. This aromatic herb can be found giving flavouring to breads, salads, meat, rice, oils, vinegars, pasta, and thickened and unthickened sauces.