By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 8 January 2010)
Rich in beneficial antioxidants, dill also works to prevent bacterial overgrowth and reduces the risk of bone loss due to its high calcium content. Additionally, dill is a source of manganese, magnesium, and iron, all of which are critical to good health.
Both dill seeds and leaves can be used as seasonings. The seeds, which taste a bit like caraway, have traditionally been used as a remedy for upset stomach and other digestive issues such as flatulence, as well as a treatment for cold and flu symptoms. However, there has not been sufficient research conducted to draw any firm conclusions about these claims.
Dill weed is great in yogurt-based dips, egg salad, and potato salad, as well as with fish, in salad dressings and herb butters, and as a sandwich garnish. It is also a nice addition to fluffy white breads. Dill seeds are great in breads, stews, and pickles.
Dill is a great herb to grow in the garden because it attracts ladybugs, which provide natural pest control by gobbling up aphids.
For a full list of healthy herbs and spices and the reference list for this information series, see the main High-Antioxidant Herbs and Spices page.