Scientific Name: Anethum graveolens
Origin: United States
Believed by many to be one of the world’s healthiest foods, Dill Weed offers a mildly tangy addition to everything from pickles and dressings to fish and egg dishes. Similar in flavor to mild caraway or fennel leaves, it was first discovered more than 12,000 years ago in the Mediterranean and Middle East. And this distinctly indulgent herb has long been used as a remedy for hiccups, gas and upset stomachs, mainly due to its offerings of Vitamins A and B, as well as various Flavonoids.
A good source of dietary fiber, manganese, iron and magnesium, it’s also known for having anti-bacterial properties and the ability to assist in preventing bone loss. So, it comes as no surprise that Dill Weed is a flavorful way to add a nutritional boost to your entrees, sides and appetizers with a few simple shakes.
Dill Weed’s combination of antioxidants, flavonoids, and essential nutrients helps to stimulate the enzymes and motions responsible for proper digestion. Together, these promote optimal functioning of our digestive systems, and help to ensure the absorption of key vitamins and minerals. These conditions also allow for healthy bowel movements and help to prevent constipation and bloating.
A good source of calcium, manganese, and iron, Dill Weed is a natural antioxidant that can aid in the strengthening of bone, as well as in the prevention of osteoporosis. These compounds also help to alleviate the possibility of calcium deficiency and maintain proper oral health by protecting against tooth decay.
Thanks to its natural antidepressant and analgesic properties, Dill Weed can help stabilize mood and minimize severe shifts in thought. High in flavonoids and the vitamin-B complex, it can also help prevent sleep-related issues like insomnia, thus heightening the potential for restfulness, positive feelings, and better overall health.
Dill Weed’s combination of essential vitamins and minerals allow it to have a positive effect on many of the body’s systems. It can help to ease menstrual cramps, lower cholesterol, increase metabolism, and reduce the potential for bacterial infections. Its presence as a natural antioxidant also helps to shield the body from free radicals and other harmful foreign bodies. When utilized for its oils, it even makes an excellent bug repellent, perfect for summer activities.
Native to the eastern Mediterranean, as well as western Asia, Dill Weed’s storied existence can be traced back as far as 3,000 BC, where ancient writings told of its potential health benefits. In Roman times, it was seen as a symbol of luck, while ancient Egyptians praised its ability to “ward off witches” and act as an aphrodisiac. Later, Puritans and Quakers would even use it as an appetite suppressant during church hours. Today, many have forgotten about its perceived health benefits, instead focusing on its bright flavors and distinct aroma. That’s why it can be found on everything from salads and sauces or inside many a pickling jar.
If stored correctly, our Dill Weed has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.