During the Middle Ages Dill was prescribed as a protection against witchcraft and as an aid to digestion. It is still used for the latter purpose for young children, in gripe water.
It is an aromatic annual that has blue-green thread-like foliage and umbels of summer flowers. It is uniquely flavoured with an aniseed taste and is used to flavour savoury and sweet dishes, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe. It gives character to dill pickles, vinegar and potato salad.
If the seeds are infused it reduces flatulence, hiccups, stomach ache and insomnia.
Grow in a sunny spot in rich, well-drained soil, but keep it away from Fennel or it will cross-pollinate.
On a walk by the reservoir yesterday morning I noticed that the boats all had their covers on as protection overwinter, the clinking sound of the sailwires against the mast reminded me of the harbour at Blakeney where we visit during our Norfolk holidays.
|Boats moored up at the sailing club by the reservoir|