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Benefits of Dill Seeds
11. An Anti Bacterial Spice
The total volatile oil portion of dill has also been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth. In this respect dill shares the stage with garlic which has also been shown to have bacteriostatic or bacteria regulating effects.
12. A Flavorful Way to Help Prevent Bone Loss
Dill as a very good source of calcium. Calcium is important for reducing the bone loss that occurs after menopause and in some conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Our food ranking system also qualified dill as a good source of dietary fiber and a good source of the minerals manganese iron and magnesium.
13. Unique plant
Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning. Dill's green leaves are wispy and fernlike and have a soft sweet taste. Dried dill seeds are light brown in color and oval in shape featuring one flat side and one convex ridged side. The seeds are similar in taste to caraway featuring a flavor that is aromatic sweet and citrusy but also slightly bitter.
The curative properties of dill have been honored throughout history. The Conqueror Charlemagne even made it available on his banquet tables so his guests who indulged too much could benefit from its carminative properties. Today dill is a noted herb in the cuisines of Scandinavia Central Europe North Africa and the Russian Federation.
15. Select and Store
Fresh dill should always be stored in the refrigerator either wrapped in a damp paper towel or with its stems placed in a container of water. Since it is very fragile even if stored properly dill will only keep fresh for about two days. Dill can be frozen either whole or chopped in airtight containers. Alternatively you can freeze the dill leaves in ice cube trays covered with water or stock that can be added when preparing soups or stews.
16. How to Enjoy
Combine dill weed with plain yogurt and chopped cucumber for a delicious cooling dip. You can Use dill when cooking fish especially salmon and trout as the flavors complement one another very well.
17. Individual Concerns
Dill is not a commonly allergenic food and is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines.
18. Nutritional Profile
Dill contains two unique types of healing components: monoterpenes including carvone limonene and anethofuran; and flavonoids including kaempferol and vicenin.
19. In Depth Nutritional Profile
In depth nutritional profile for Dill is also available. This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients including carbohydrates sugar soluble and insoluble fiber sodium vitamins minerals fatty acids amino acids and more.
Dill itself is an appetizer and therefore extensively used in culinary applications. The essential oils present in dill are stimulating and they activate the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine easing the passage of bowel movements and relieving constipation.
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