Real World Gardener Dill in cooking in Spice It Up

February 1st, 2016

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SPICE IT UP

Did you know that the earliest known record of dill as a medicinal herb was found in Egypt 5,000 years ago?

What’s even more interesting is that Gladiators were fed meals covered with dill because it was hoped that the herb would give them valour and courage.

There are traditional uses for dill the herb, what about the seed?

Dill seeds were called “meetinghouse seeds” because they were chewed during long church services to keep members awake or kids quiet. The seeds were also chewed in order to freshen the breath and quiet noisy stomachs.

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Dill seed. photo www.herbies.com.au

Dill%2Bflower%2Bhead.jpgDill seed is referred to as a spice and goes very well with coriander. Dill seed is used in Moroccan cooking as well as Vietnamese. Of course those that pickle their cucumber will be using some form of Dill.

Fresh green Dill is the herb and has a slightly anise flavour that goes with smoked salmon, potato salad and much more.

Let's find out more. I'm talking with herb expert Ian Hemphill www.herbies.com.au

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Dill likes to be planted in cool weather.

In warm winter areas that don't experience a hard frost, you can plant dill in autumn or winter.

In cooler areas, plant dill a week or two before your last hard frost.

After the first sowing, plant again every 10 days or so if you need lots of dill for a continuous crop.

For balcony gardeners or gardeners with potted herb garden, when growing in pots, use a deep one so the long tap root has somewhere to go.

Remember that you will eventually have a plant that is about a metre tall so you might want to stake your plant.

The seeds are used in pickling and can also improve the taste of roasts, stews and vegetables.

Try grinding the seeds to use as a salt substitute. Both the flowering heads and seeds are used in flavoured vinegars and oils.

If you have a herb garden, send in a photo or drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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