Dills scientific name is Anethum graveolens, it is an autoorthotropous annual herb with dark green foliage, can be grown all summer. "Dill weed" refers to the foliage, and the seeds are usually just called "dill". The dill plant grows about 3-5 ft tall and sometimes gets top heavy and falls over. The dill has the yellow flowers which are borne in large, rounded umbrella-shaped tops on hollow stems. The fruit is a flattened pod. All the parts of the dill plant have strong flavor.
Nowadays the most popular varieties of the dill found in many gardens are Dukat and Fernleaf. Dill Dukat produces rich foliage that is best for dill weed, and the seeds are good at pickling. Dill Fernleaf is much smaller but has more leaves that are good for keeping in containers. There are other varieties known as 'Bouquet' which has large seed heads and is ideal for use in pickling spices; and the most widespread variety is the Long Island Mammoth, and it is suitable for both dill weed and dill seeds; and in India, the "Sowa" dill is more pungent than other known varieties and is an essential ingredient in curry sauces.
Dill promotes good digestion and sleep. It is also prescribed for reducing flatulence and in cases of nausea. A tea made of the dill infusion can benefit little babies for lessening gases and improving digestion. Some people believe that the smell of dill will cure hiccups.
Due to several unique qualities of the dill, it is very beneficial to our health. The benefits of dill are the flavonoids, which includes vicenin and kaempferol; and the monoterpenes, which includes anethofuran, limonene and carvone.
The oils found in the dill plant have a beneficial quality that is described as a "chemoprotective" herb. This quality can benefit most cigarette smokers. It is a proven fact that it can neutralize certain parts of not only cigarette smoke, but also charcoal smoke, and the smoke produced by burning trash which are harmful to our health.
Scientists are interested also in the ability of the dills volatile oils to prevent overgrowth of nocuous bacteria. This also has been studied and tested. There is no doubts among scientists that dills properties are very beneficial, and it is full of calcium, dietary fiber, iron and magnesium.
One superstition says that placing dill weed on the door will prevent anyone who wishes you harm from entering your home, and also that dill weed will deflect the "evil-eye." Who knows, maybe by examining old traditions there is a valid way to learn how a certain herb will work for you. Scientific proof may be lacking concerning its overall value, but our common experience may find out many hidden secrets.
Today, dill is one of the noted culinary herbs in the cuisine's of most countries.
Salads and garnishes are made "perfect" with the use of the dill. It adds taste to fish and seafood dishes.
Besides pickles, dill is also traditionally used with fish, for example, with salmon. You can bake it together or add some in salmon fillets, or try it layered with smoked fish and cheese as an appetizer. It's great with any fish you'd like, either baked or used in a sauce or as a dill dip.
Dill dips are easy to make, dill dip takes no time and is perfect for everything you want - vegetables, potatoes, fish. It all goes great with dill dip!
In other words, dill is a good-for-everything culinary herb. It is able to add a great flavor to many things, but its up to you whether to use it or not.