Did you know that the first love at first sight for dill dates back 5000 years? Indeed, dill is mentioned in an Egyptian medical treatise, extolling the virtues of this aromatic herb known as bastard fennel, dill or false anise. . The Romans also recognized dill for its gifts of strength and resistance to combat and gave it an important place in the meals of gladiators. Despite its favorite land, the Mediterranean, dill quickly reached Scandinavian territory, the Iberian Peninsula and then Russia, all of which fell under its spell. Did you know that dill -dill in English- comes from the word dilla in Scandinavian which means “to rock”? Indeed, dill is a plant full of medicinal properties. It is known to have digestive, stimulating and sedative -calming- properties, thanks to the essential oil it releases. Hence the origin of its name. Old collections of herbalists also highlight its effectiveness in stopping hiccups.
Dill is in season from June to September. Choose it very fresh, because that is how it is the richest in aromas.
Store your dill in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, when fresh. It can also withstand freezing if you chop it in an ice cube tray covered with water. Dry it by hanging its umbels upside down in a warm, airy room. Then keep it in an airtight jar away from light.hiccups.
First wash the dill by running it under cool water, then dry it. Chop its leaves on your dishes or on your sauces over low heat so as not to lose its aromas.
Dill acts effectively on intestinal function and contributes to the elimination of waste from the body, in particular thanks to the large amount of potassium it contains. It is also an important source of vitamin C and many antioxidants.