Herb Spotlight: Did You Know Dill Did All This?
You probably haven't pondered dill recently. We did, but only because one particular herb grower and spice maker -- Daddy's Gourmet -- has turned up our enthusiasm for the plant.
Dill, when fresh and grown in mineral rich organic soil where it can reach its full nutrient potential, is quite different from dill that sits on most grocery store shelves and is highly manufactured, even if the label says organic. Daddy's Gourmet has introduced us to herbs and spices that have so much more flavor that the purpose of cooking as of late is purely to enjoy them.
Like any plant, the fresher it is the more powerful its health benefits. Those benefits for dill are impressive. Containing monoterpenes and flavonoids (antioxidants), calcium, fiber, iron and magnesium, dill is potent.
The antioxidants in dill protect against free radicals and carcinogens. According to The Complete Guide To Natural Healing, by Tom Monte, dill is rich in antioxidants which can reduce damage to the lungs from "cigarettes, airborne pollutants and high-fat diets." Research suggests that harm to the lungs from cigarettes is compounded by a diet rich in saturated fat and cholesterol. Dill is noteworthy as a herb that heals.
From reducing bone loss to fighting bacteria overgrowth -- as garlic is also known for -- dill is a plant to consider using a lot more. Fortunately, dill is a delicious ingredient to incorporate into cooking. With Daddy's Gourmet Dill Pickle, infused with Black Hawaiian sea salt -- which has detoxification properties -- this is an impressive addition to your spice cabinet.
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