Fresh Dill - 50g
Perfect for making Tzatziki, a refreshing Southeast European or Middle Eastern dip.
Prepare also the Summery dill cucumber salad, potato salad freddo or with cooked or smoked salmon. If you would and could, throw in some strands of dill into a cast iron to smoke the dish with dill-infused oil.
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One cup (9 grams) of fresh dill sprigs provides approximately:
Vitamin C: 8% of the Daily Value (DV)
Manganese: 5% of the DV
Vitamin A: 4% of the DV
Folate: 3% of the DV
Iron: 3% of the DV
Fresh dill is very low in calories, yet a surprisingly good source of several essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin A.
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that is important for maintaining vision and supporting a healthy immune system. It also plays a role in male and female reproduction.
Similarly, vitamin C is vital for your immune system and helps with bone formation, wound healing, and metabolism.
Additionally, it has been shown to be a potent antioxidant that helps protect your cells against damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.
Dill is also a good source of manganese. While needed in very small amounts, it is an essential mineral that supports normal functioning of your brain, nervous system, and metabolism of sugar and fat.
Furthermore, fresh dill provides 1–2% of the DV for calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, and zinc.
However, as fresh dill is usually consumed in smaller quantities than 1 cup (9 grams), the amount of nutrients you get from sprinkling it over your food will be considerably less.
As for dill seeds, they have many similar nutritional benefits. One tablespoon (6.6 grams) of seeds provides 8% of the DV for calcium, 6% of the DV for iron, and 1–5% of the DV for magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.