Dill pickles
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Strange Plant

Dill has been polarizing humans for 5000 years, beginning somewhere in the Middle East when our ancestors noticed a strange plant with a very intense odour. Instantly they suspected that it might not be a normal plant. First they just inhaled its aroma, before rubbing themselves with it and finally, when these acts proved unfruitful, one of the most daring and primitive researchers put the dill in their mouth – he must have thought, ‘after all, what could happen?’ And then, after this last test, the dill was expressly included in the daily menu of our ancestors. Furthermore, dill not only smells mysterious and has a very special taste, but it can also heal.

The Miracle for Healing Indigestion

Humans as early as the Ancient Egyptians reported that this plant is an incredible healer if we have complicated and stormy indigestion. And the Egyptians were experts, because they knew something about indigestion. The reason for this was their uncontrollable appetite for bread all day long. Throughout the entire Mediterranean they were called The Bread Eaters.

Miraculously, dill managed to soothe their turbulent stomachs. And not only that. Egyptians found that dill has unusually strong aphrodisiac effects and even believed it to work very well against witches. Let's have a straight talk now - after you pass colic pain, no wonder you don’t see the witches anymore, as you will start enjoy life again

To Keep It Up

On the wounds and for the hiccup

Combative Greeks and Romans discovered this herb to have quite different effects. At the ancient Olympic Games athletes scrubbed themselves with dill leaves. This reportedly made the muscles work better, giving them better endurance, and finally, the athletes were nicely glittering under the hot Greek sun. Indeed, Roman commanders often wore dill's leaves to get known by people. In addition, they knew about another miraculous effect of dill, which was essential for their adventurous job. Ash from burned dill's seeds was used as the paste for the healing of the wounds that soldiers received in a combat. They learned that the dill is a strong antiseptic, and this confirmed one of the most famous practitioners of the ancient era - Hippocrates, who recommended cleaning the mouth with dill every day. And apparently, in addition to dental effects, it would also help perfectly against prolonged hiccups

Dill Brings Wealth and Happiness

And it is mentioned in the Bible

The dill healed, beautified and was used everywhere in Ancient Greece. This herb earned the position of the herb which brings wealth and luck. Dill is even in the Bible, specifically in Matthew's gospel. Some translations often mistake it with anise, but this has been happening to dill constantly for 5000 years. In any case, linguists have confirmed that in the New Testament we can truly find dill and not any gaudy anise.

Additionally, the Romans carried dill with them on all their war excursions and because it is very humble plant, it immediately took root across all Europe. The king Charlemagne liked it so much that in 812 he ordered it to grow in all his estates. And so dill became almost very well known in all the European territories. Today almost all the Slavic or Nordic nations cannot imagine their cuisine without dill. Let's just look at the borscht and dill sauce. It is obvious that I don't have to write about the various pickles where dill is holding a victorious flag of distinctive taste from Central Europe. And what would people in Sweden do without dill on their specially prepared salmon? They probably don't want to imagine!

Do Not Be Afraid of Dill

I think that the resistance to dill of some people must be blamed on schools and factory canteens. To this day some people can only smell the strange aroma that comes from dill sauce, but that isn’t its fault. Cooks do not have a good judgement when they fried flour or let milk boil over. Dill itself, in fact, has a very fine, delicate flavour, especially when it is combined with something sour. Therefore, don't be afraid to add finely chopped or only slightly torn dill to any cream or yoghurt. There is nothing better to lighten rich and heavy winter foods than with dill cream. Particularly, dill is well suited for red meats, as it gives them a deep taste. Moreover, in winter dill has one big advantage: it can be frozen for a long time and loses none of its intensity. Simply allow it to melt on the table and then use it - it will taste as though it has just been picked from the farm.