Contributed by: Jennifer Wickes
What is it?
Dill is an annual herb that can grow up to 3 feet high. It has
feathery green leaves, and can be found fresh or in dried forms. Dill
seeds are the dried fruit from the herb and not the actual seed.
Where did it originate from?
Dill has been around for thousands of years. Since the first century
AD, the ancient Romans considered dill to be a symbol of good luck.
Fresh herbs should be carefully washed then wrapped in a damp paper
towel, then placed in a plastic bag and stored in the butter
compartment of the refrigerator.
Dried herbs will only maintain freshness for 6 months to a year, so
the smallest possible sized container should be bought if any
particular herb is not used often.
Add fresh dill at the end of the meal preparation to help preserve
Dill seeds, on the other hand, need to be heated to get the flavor
out of them.
green beans, savory breads, cabbage, carrots, chicken, corn,
cucumber, turkey, eggs, fish, peas, potatoes, summer squash,
If you are trying to grow your own kitchen herbal garden, then dill
should be grown in troughs. It likes the sun. Maintain a moist soil.
If you are planting seeds, try planting them in the late spring,
Alternative therapies believe dill to help with stomach aches and
Potato, Cucumber, and Dill Salad
- 3 large Idaho Potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill OR 1 tablespoon dried whole dillweed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large cucumber, unpeeled and thinly sliced
Place potato slices in a 9-inch square microwave-safe baking dish;
cover with microwaveable plastic wrap and microwave at HIGH 9 to 11
minutes, or until tender stirring gently every 3 minutes.
Combine vinegar, mustard, oil, dill and salt in a small jar. Cover
tightly and shake vigorously. Pour vinegar mixture over potatoes.
Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Gently mix in sliced cucumber
Yields: 4 servings