Herb/Spice of the Month: Dill Weed

By: Mr. Food
By: Mr. Food

Herb/Spice of the Month: Dill Weed
Air Date: 4/3/2008

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Seed or weed? Herb or spice? Dill is a gift from our garden that packs a flavor punch!

I'm naming dill as both our herb and spice of the month. You see, both herbs and spices are flavorful, natural additions to our food, with spices being the dried seeds, buds, fruit...even bark or roots of plants, while herbs are the leaves or flowers of plants.

Dill weed or, simply, dill, refers to the feathery leaves, while dill seed is the dried fruit of the dill plant. Dill weed is available year-round fresh in the produce section and both the seeds and the feathery leaf versions are available dried in the spice aisle.

We can also grow dill in pots on our windowsills, so no matter where we live, we can enjoy the crisp freshness and simple clean taste that dill can add to our foods one way or the other. The seed is a natural for pickling, and the fresh or dried dill is often paired with cucumbers in salads, as well as with many of our lighter foods like cooked fish dishes (it's very popular with chilled salmon). It also adds excitement when mixed with butter and in cream sauces. And just look at these simple boiled new potatoes seasoned with garlic and fresh dill. Mmm-now that’s a full-flavored winner!

You know, no matter which way we serve it, anything dill is usually cause for...


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