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Dill weed water and Peppermint water?

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david_ipse Mar 29, 2013 08:19 PM

I got these today from a Persian grocery store. I've used rose water, in sweet dishes and rice, and orange blossom water both in sweet and savory, but never dillweed or peppermint water. I assume these are made from the plant blossoms and not the actual herbs (mint or dill)?

As there doesn't seem to be a plethora of information online about these, I'd appreciate any info as to how these are made and as to what to make with them. I'm thinking of adding them to drinks (coffee, tea, cocktails), and I haven't tasted them yet, but assume both wouldn't be bad in salad dressings, and the mint one would probably work nicely in desserts . . . ?

Thanks!

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  1. Ruthie789 Mar 29, 2013 08:22 PM

    I have seen the same waters at a Persian grocery store in Montreal. They had at least 10 different flavours, I too would like to know what to do with them.

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      catescakes Mar 29, 2013 11:01 PM

      I live on Maui and I've only seen the rose and orange flower versions. I mix either one with honey for a quick syrup to brush on cakes.

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        pine time Mar 30, 2013 02:44 PM

        I use a touch of rose water in my simple syrup when I do the final soak of rasgullas. Adds just a hint of flavor, but a lovely bouquet (no pun intended).

      2. Kris in Beijing Mar 29, 2013 08:23 PM

        Does the label have the name in another language? I would google the "other name" plus "recipe" and then use Google Images to get a feel for what you could do.

        EDIT: I used translate.google for EN->Turkish and EN->Persian and then did the Google images for what it gave me for dill water. Some intriguing looking dishes.

        1. meatn3 Mar 29, 2013 08:28 PM

          I saw the dill water a few months ago at a Persian grocery and was intrigued. I'm glad you posted the query.

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            Violatp Mar 30, 2013 05:11 AM

            Dill rice is a popular Persian dish. Perhaps there's a way to use the water that way?

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              hotoynoodle Mar 30, 2013 06:37 AM

              i was thinking of the dill with a starch -- rice, potatoes, cous cous. the peppermint with fruit salad. depending on how strong the mint is, it could also go with meat or shellfish.

            2. boogiebaby Mar 30, 2013 10:51 AM

              Dill weed water and peppermint water are usually used to soothe upset stomachs and gassiness. They aren't really for cooking. You can take a teaspoon or so, as a natural soother for stomach issues.

              Both are used in gripe water, if you're familiar with that.

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                Violatp Mar 30, 2013 01:47 PM

                Oh, interesting! Always something to learn here. :-)

              2. Ruthie789 Mar 30, 2013 04:29 PM

                You have me also wondering about Persian food in general. A fellow from my work who is from Iran has explained that it is very different from Lebanese food of which I am familiar with. He says that Persian food is very subtle uses spices with sauces to accompany the meats. Sounds good. What were you looking for besides the waters?

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