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Using Fresh Dill

Just like most other culinary herbs, there is a lot more to Dill than just the flavor.

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Health Benefits of Dill

Most culinary herbs are full of vitamins and minerals. Dill is no different!

  • Dill supports our nervous system, our immune system, our metabolism, and helps us heal.

  • Dill contains antioxidants, which keep us young and help prevent cell damage.

  • Dill is richly anti-inflammatory which means it helps reduce the effects of chronic inflammation. Dill also helps support our cardiovascular systems by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.

  • If you do a little reading on dill, you might also find information about its ability to help maintain healthy blood glucose levels, help with menstrual cramps, bone health and resolve bad breath.

Almost all culinary herbs have a list similar to this one, so if you aren’t yet cooking with lots of fresh herbs, what are you waiting for?

dill growing in the garden

Cooking With Dill

If you don’t use a lot of fresh herbs in your cooking, or you are new to using dill, you might wonder what to do with it, other than to make pickles.

While pickles are great, dill goes wonderfully with so many other ingredients. The first things that come to mind are:

  • Fish (especially cod, haddock, and salmon)

  • Eggs (sprinkle over breakfast eggs or add to deviled eggs)

  • Potato Salad

  • Macaroni Salad

  • Herbal Butter (make a dill butter and use it on a baked potato or with seafood)

  • Beets (roast some beets and top with fresh dill, or make dilly pickled beets)

  • Cream Cheese (blend dill into cream cheese and spread over a toasted bagel)

  • Hummus (chop and stir into hummus, serve with raw veggies)

  • Vinaigrette

  • Cucumbers (you don’t have to make them into pickles, just add dill to your cucumber salad)

dill growing in the garden

Fresh dill is delicious and good for you. Pick some up today and begin to add it into some of your dishes!

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