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Dill     Thought by 1st-century Romans to be a good luck symbol, dill has been around for thousands of years. This annual herb grows up to a height of about 3 feet and has feathery green leaves called dill weed, marketed in both fresh and dried forms. The distinctive flavor of fresh dill weed in no way translates to its dried form. Fresh dill does, however, quickly lose its fragrance during heating, so should be added toward the end of the cooking time. Dill weed is used to flavor many dishes such as salads, vegetables, meats and sauces. The tan, flat dill seed is actually the dried fruit of the herb. Heating brings out the flavor of dill seed, which is stronger and more pungent than that of the leaves. It's most often used in the United States for the brine in which dill pickles are cured.

    If you've got it, but don't know what to do with it, below are some traditional dishes that the herb complements nicely.

Salads avocado; cucumber; egg; potato; seafood; slaw; tomato
Soups & Stews bean; borscht
Fish & Poultry chicken; most fish and shellfish
Meats beef; lamb; pork; sweetbreads; veal
Vegetables cabbage; carrots; cauliflower; celery; carrots; green beans; mushrooms; parsnips; peas; potatoes; tomatoes
Pasta; Grains;
Dried Beans
couscous; pasta; polenta; rice
Cheese & Egg Dishes cheese spreads; cottage sheese; egg salad; scrambles; soufflés
Sauces butter; cheese; cream; fish; meat; tomato
Miscellaneous garnish; herb butter; marinades; savory breads; stuffings;
tomato juice


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