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#Dill: The Most Important Culinary #Herb in Scandinavia

May 28, 2018

The ancient herb, Anethum graveolens or Fernleaf dill as it is commonly known, was mentioned some 5,000 years ago in early Egyptian writings.  It is the most important culinary herb in Scandinavia, as popular as parsley is in other parts of the world.  The word ‘dill’ stems from the Old Norse word dilla, meaning “to lull,” and can be grown indoors and out.  The feathery leaves make dill a pretty foliage plant, which is lovely as a green foil for the flowers in your garden.  The fragrance of dill on fingers evokes a ‘comfort smell’ for many people as the leaves smell of homemade dill pickles.  Old-fashioned dill water or gripe water as it is commonly known (made by infusing crushed dill seeds in hot water), is still used as a remedy for indigestion in adults as well as children.