Dill…

Dill weed, as it is sometimes called, is part of the family of plants with hollow stems calledDill umbellifers. Other plants included in this family are carrots, fennel, cilantro and parsley. Its origin can be traced back to Southern Russia, the Mediterranean and Western Africa but its name is derived from an Old Norse word “dilla” which means to calm and sooth. The Greeks used it as a symbol of wealth. The Romans believed it brought good fortune and made wreaths for their athletes from it. The Egyptians used it as an aphrodisiac and to ward off evil. However, in spite of all the beliefs placed on this herb, these different cultures used dill to sooth stomach ailments and to relieve one of flatulence. In fact it was commonly served at large banquets to sooth over-indulgence. The essential oils in dill seem to stimulate the secretion of bile and digestive juices and at the same time usher gas gently down the digestive tract and out of the system. It accommodates and enhances the flavors of vegetables, meats and seafood. My personal favorite use of the herb is simply mixing it with scrambled eggs.