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| Which Herb is Best Parsley or Dill? |
Answered by: Yvonne Tremblay
Question from: Zach
Posted on: January 25, 2004
My friend and I can’t seem to resolve an argument. She says that parsley is the ultimate herb, whereas I claim that it doesn’t get any better than dill. I mean, c’mon, what has parsley ever done for us? I’ve never heard of a parsley pickle. Dill totally kicks parsley. What do you think? Parsley, dill, or some third herb we don’t know about. Which one is hands-down the best herb in town?
In my herb cooking classes, when people asked me which is my favourite herb, I answered, it is like asking a mother, which is her favourite child. I like them all. Some days one more than the other. It is really a personal preference. Also depends what I feel like eating as some herbs go better with certain foods. Parsley has broad usage because it can be used with other herbs to tone down the flavour a bit. It is also nice on its own and adds freshness to dishes without changing the flavour much. I like to use it to give brown coloured foods (meats, sauces) a bit of a perk up. Parsley is widely available year round too. However, I think the other herbs have more to offer in distinctive flavours.
Personally I am quite fond of rosemary. I suggest people get to know and use as many different herbs as possible, to add enjoyment to their cooking and eating.
Please see my books, "Thyme in the Kitchen Cooking with Fresh Herbs" and "Prizewinning Preserves" for more about these herbs. Both books are available from Richters.