Experience Our Dill Weed
Dill weed is more than just something used to flavor pickles. It has many health benefits and can be used both for food and medicinal purposes. The dill weed is a plant with immature seeds and the dried leaves are from the family Umbelliferae.
Cooking With Dill Weed
Dill weeds carry a warm taste and have a homey, aromatic odor. They are often dried to keep its bright green color when added to dishes but can also be added fresh too. In order to keep the sweet, fresh flavor of the dill weed, it is added at the end of cooking when the heat is low and right before the dish is finished.
Dill can be added to many different recipes:
– Salt & Vinegar Cucumbers: Place Cucumbers and dill in a bowl and toss with a marinade of vinegar, salt, sugar, oil, and pepper. Allow to marinade for at least 30 mins.
– Creamy Spinach & Dill: Make creamed spinach and add back to sauté pan. Remove from heat and stir in dill. Season with salt & pepper.
– Dill Pickle Chicken: Roast chicken for 20 mins, then cover with foil and let rest for additional 10 mins. Garnish with fresh Dill and chopped pickles, and serve warm.
The Origin of Dill Weed
Dill comes from the Norwegian word ‘dylla’ which means to soothe. It was first mentioned in Egyptian medical text to soothe an ailing stomach. Dill weed was originally found in the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia regions. It belongs to the same family as parsley and celery.
Dill has been utilized for different purposes dating back to ancient times. In Rome, it was used as a good luck symbol and in Greece, it was used as a symbol of wealth. In Ancient Egypt, dill had a dual purpose. In addition to being an aphrodisiac, it was used as a mechanism to ward off witches. In modern times, dill is said to help alleviate colic in babies and help milk production in breastfeeding women.
How is Dill Weed Grown?
Dill weed can be planted in the spring, early summer, or fall. It is a self-seeding plant which means they drop their own seeds at the end of each season to re-germinate for the next season. Dill weed can either be grown in pots or outside, but growing straight from the seed outside is easier than transplanting it once its grown. Once the seeds are scattered outside in the soil, they need to be thoroughly watered. Dill weeds are best grown in rich, loose soil, as well as in direct sunlight. Just make sure they are protected from the wind.
Harvesting and Storage
Dill weeds can be harvested two ways: by cutting the entire plant or taking individual leaves. They are ready for harvest when they have multiple leaves grown on the plant. If only leaves are cut, then the plant reproduced more throughout the season. This allows for a bountiful supply of dill weeds.
Even though dill can be either dried or frozen, it typically tastes best when fresh. If you do decide to dry the leaves, you should hang them upside down and out of direct sunlight. To freeze the leaves, they should be cut into small pieces and placed in a cookie sheet in the freezer to prevent them from getting clumped together. This allows for easy meal prep when recipes call for dill weed.
Where We Get Our Dill Weed
Our dill weed comes from central and eastern European nations, primarily Estonia and Latvia. The cultivation process is precarious due to the cold winters, but the late spring and summer weather (warm days, cool nights) makes for a spectacular result.