This organic superfood has long been known as a culinary and medicinal wonder. A unique perennial herb that is also considered as a functional food brimming with beneficial nutrients.
Dill is native to the Mediterranean region, Southern Europe and Western Asia. To the ancient Greeks and Romans, this organic superfood were considered as a sign of wealth and status. King Charlemagne would always make sure that this carminative herb is available on his banquet tables in case any of his guest overeat. It was even used to protect oneself from witchcraft spells and enchantments during the middle ages.
The herb’s name comes from an old Norse word that means “to lull” thus reflecting its traditional use as a stomach relaxant and as a sleep inducer. Its scientific name is Anethum graveolens and is a member of the umbelliferae family. The leaves are light green, feathery fernlike with a very mild sweet taste. The plant’s seeds are the most commonly used in cooking because they are more flavorful. It has a citrusy, aromatic and bitter taste.
An incredible organic superfood with a unique health benefits that come from two powerful healing compounds. The first is called flavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant and antiviral properties. It includes vicenin and kaempferol. The second one is called monoterpenes, a nonnutritive dietary compound, but has an anti-inflammatory and antitumor activity. It is composed of limonene, anethofuran and caryone.
Dill is also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, manganese, magnesium and iron as well as dietary fiber.
Aside from its ability to boost your immune system and digestive health, this organic superfood can also provide you with other medicinal benefits. It helps reduce inflammation, control insulin levels, and even prevent certain cancers. Excellent in treating muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, colds and fever, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, as well promoting quick healing of wounds. And on top of that, it is also used in the manufacture of cosmetics and perfumes. Amazing abilities that makes this weed worthy to be called an organic superfood.
When consumed as food, dill is likely to be safe for most individuals. It is not known to have purines or oxalates and is not a common allergenic food. As for pregnant women, this herb particularly the seeds should not be taken as orally as a medication as it may result in miscarriage. Individuals with diabetes or to undergo surgery should also avoid taking dill in large amount.
Cooking tip: When cooking fish, using dill will bring out their best flavor, especially salmon.
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