Herb of the Month: Dill
The Romans believed this herb was a symbol of good luck. This month we’re celebrating fresh and feathery dill.
Also known as dill weed, you can identify this quick-growing herb by its soft feather-like leaves, sweet aroma and clean flavor. This green herb is very delicate so it’s best added to raw dishes or towards the end of cooking to preserve the flavor.
One cup of fresh dill contains 4 calories and 12 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C. It’s also filled with several minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and zinc.
Dill is a classic flavor element of pickled veggies, fresh cucumbers and fish. A sprinkle of finely chopped leaves will perk up dips, mustard, hummus, soups, salads and egg dishes.
Choose bunches of dill that are aromatic, bright green and firm. Store wrapped in paper towel in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Wash and dry well just before using.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »