Dill, it's a very versatile culinary herb. It's distinct flavor pairs well with potatoes, veggies, fish, rice dishes, and in soups and stews.
Dill is known most widely in the United States as the popular flavor for dill pickles. The spice is used in a host of other dishes, including dips, potato salad, soups, sauces, vegetables, and breads. Having a natural affinity, dill is an excellent partner for fish, especially salmon. Dill blends well with yogurt, cheese, and makes a great wine vinegar. Mix spunky dill with tomato soups, egg dishes, potatoes, cream, and cucumbers for a delightful flavor addition. Use fresh dill as an attractive garnish. The oil and weed of dill are popular in several food products that include condiments and relishes, meat and meat products, oils and fats, baked goods, and many snack foods. When cooking with dill, it is best to add it during the last few minutes of cooking for optimum flavor. Dried dill does retain its natural flavor, but lacks visual appeal.
Dill has been cited in a very old Egyptian medical journal. It has been used consistently as a healing herb and has always been regarded as a purely beneficial substance known as a plant of "good omen." Europeans have historically believed dill to be soothing and used the herb as a digestive aid. Puritans kept dill seeds in their Bibles to chew during long sermons to keep their stomachs from growling. This prized herb is a favorite in northern Europe where buckets and buckets of dill are found in markets in Stockholm and Copenhagen resembling flowerlike bouquets. Dill is an important ingredient in the Dutch dish known as "Frikkadels" in Sri Lanka. Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese cooking favor dill in many of their food specialties. The Thais are familiar with dill known as Laotian coriander or pak chee lao. Dill seed is often added to fish curries in India. Dill is marketed in the three following forms: dill weed, the dried foliage; as a seed; and as an essential oil. The oil is used as a fragrance in cosmetics which includes perfumes, lotions, creams, soaps, and detergents. As a folk medicine, dill weed oil and seed are used as aromatic carminative and as a stimulant in the treatment of gas, especially in children.