Endive salad with pickled beets & orange, lentils .
💁🏻 Providing a tangy addition to pickles, salad dressing, and fish dishes, dill is part of the Umbelliferae family, whose other members include parsley, cumin, and bay. Its name comes from the old Norse word, “dilla,” which means "to lull,” and reflects its traditional use as both a carminative stomach soother and an insomnia reliever. Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning. It has been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth. In this respect, dill shares the stage with garlic, which has also been shown to have "bacteriostatic," or bacteria-regulating effects. Fresh dill is available at markets during the summer and early fall, while dried dill is available throughout the year. Whenever possible, choose fresh dillweed over the dried form of the herb, since it is superior in its delicate fragrant flavor.