Its green leaves are wispy and fernlike and have a soft, sweet taste. Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning. Dill's name comes from the old Norse word dilla which means "to lull." This name reflects dill's traditional uses as both a carminative stomach soother and an insomnia reliever. Dill is native to southern Russia, western Africa and the Mediterranean region. It has been used for its culinary and medicinal properties for millennia. Dill was mentioned both in the Bible and in ancient Egyptian writings. It was popular in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures, where it was considered a sign of wealth and was revered for its many healing properties. Dill was used by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in a recipe for cleaning the mouth. Ancient soldiers would apply burnt dill seeds to their wounds to promote healing. The curative properties of dill have been honored throughout history. Combine dill weed with plain yogurt and chopped cucumber for a delicious cooling dip. Use dill weed as a garnish for sandwiches. Add dill to your favorite egg salad recipe. Mix together chopped potatoes, green beans, and plain yogurt, then season with both dill seeds and chopped dill weed.
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