Dates: These dry dates are called ‘Dattes séchées’ in French, ‘Dátiles secados’ in Spanish and ‘Chuara or Khajoor/khejoor/khajur’ in Urdu or Hindi. Uses: Dried dates can be eaten raw and used in a variety of products like cakes, sweets, marzipans, puddings, bread etc. Dates can even be used in cookies, ice-cream or candy bars. Dates are sometimes used to make pickles as well. There are even juices of dates that are used as a non alcoholic drink during the Holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Dates are cholesterol free as well as fat free and are a very important source of energy and food. Dates, when soaked in water and eaten can be useful to build up the heart. Chuara is also used in combination with betel nets in popular supari brands. Date oil is used for making cosmetics and soaps. The seed of dates is used to make traditional medicines. Dates can be made into a paste or syrup and be used as a medicine for sore throats, colds and fever. Date seeds are even soaked in water until soft and used as food for animals such as horses, sheep and goats. In some places the seeds of dates are ground and are used to make bread during scarcity. These are even burnt to be used as charcoal for silversmiths.
Dill Seed: Dill is a short-lived annual herb. It grows to 40-60 cm tall, with slender stems and alternate, finely divided, softly delicate leaves 10-20 cm long. Dill seeds are used as a spice, and its fresh leaves, dill, and its dried leaves, dill weed, are used as herbs. In India, dill is used extensively in foods, beverages and medicines. It is common to flavor for lentils and bean dishes. Dill seeds also make useful addition to cold, flu and cough remedies. Dill oil can be extracted from the leaves, stems and seeds of the plant. It is well known as the prime flavoring ingredient in dill pickles and other pickled vegetables, but it is also popular for flavoring vinegars. It is an ingredient in many Scandinavian and German fish and seafood dishes and sauces, including gravlax, and is used in soups with a variety of origins, including borscht. Dill is used as a garnish in the Baltic states, in onion dill bread, and in dips and salad dressings, including those used for potato salad. Excellent in many soups and stocks, dill seed provides excellent flavor to any dish, can be used for pickling also.
   
   
   

 

 

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