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What Kind of Foods Did Jesus Eat? Using Dill in a Bible Based Diet for Health

Donna is a retired Christian educator who writes creative lesson plans for Sunday school, children's ministry, and home education.

Did Jesus Eat Dill Pickles?

Please keep an open mind at this statement because the point here is to be provocative but in a very positive fashion.

My intention is to engage your mind as well as provoke you to learn for yourself the types of foods eaten—especially herbs and spices—in the time of Jesus and his peers, not yo misconstrue scripture, be sacrilegious, or muddle theology with food.

Examine the foods Jesus ate and ask yourself "Why eat like Jesus ate?" or "What kind of foods did Jesus eat?"

If we model our diets after those foods, we are taking biblically based steps to better health. For our purposes here, we're going to do a pretty thorough examination of dill and its many health and nutrition benefits.

What Kind of Food Did Jesus Eat?

Healthy biblical herbs and spices used during Jesus' time—like dill—flush fat, accelerate the metabolism, and promote health.

Ancient Israelites followed God’s dietary laws not only as a matter of compliance, but because they saw discernible health results.

Although they could not dissect dill and identify its nutritional content, God created ancient bible herbs like the dill herb-and-spice combo to be a powerhouse of nutrition containing rich amounts of calcium, fiber, manganese, iron, magnesium and amino acids.

Foods People Ate in the Time of Jesus

The Bible gives us a good record of the foods Jesus ate such as broiled fish and honeycomb (Luke 24:42-43), bread (Matthew 14:19), and wine (Luke 7:33-34), but it does not specifically say whether foods like dill pickles were in his diet.

For that matter, we really don't know if "dill pickles" as we know them existed, but pickling and brining foods was a popular food preservation technique of those times. The biblical herb (leaves) and spice (edible seeds) dill was highly prized in those times; so much so that tithes were levied on dill plants and seeds.

Dill grew wild in Palestine. The most common use for it was as medicine, food seasonings, and preservatives.

It was also a key ingredient in preparing pickled and fermented foods so the odds are Jesus knew the health benefits of dill pickles and other foods prepared with dill spices. Dill pickles could have been a food Jesus ate, and he might have chewed on fresh dill as a natural health remedy for enhancing digestion or cleansing the liver.

Modern Day Sites of Biblical Places

Dill, Dill Pickles and Digestion

What are the ancient uses of dill? Breath fresheners, hiccup remedies, and cure-alls for a host of other maladies are just a few.

Dill seeds brewed into soothing teas ensured the health of the ancient Israelites and that same tea has been recommended for generations as a tummy tamer for babies with colic. It works favorably for indigestion, insomnia, diarrhea, sinus and other respiratory infections.

I found an awesome cold and flu tea recipe that uses dill on HubPages, written by hubber livelonger. You can bet I'm going to give it a try the next time I have the sniffles!

Grow Your Own Dill

Dill is one of those wonderfully forgiving plants that almost anyone can grow from seed. However, because it can be invasive if left to self-seed, I prefer to grow my dill in container gardens so I can maintain some control over it.

Dill is rather indifferent to the soil in which it is grown, so you don't need to do a lot of fussing over it or buy it a special growth medium. Use whatever brand of growth medium you prefer and a container with good drainage.

I prefer a potting mix versus a potting soil, and I look for one that contains perlite, sphagnum moss, and vermiculite, as I have had the best results with this mixture, but your experience may be different. As I said, because dill is an easy going plant, either should work fine.

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Add the growth medium, scatter the dill seeds on top, and cover lightly with soil. Water consistently but do not soak the soil until the seeds sprout and start pushing through the soil. After that, make sure it gets full sun every day, but if you forget to water it, don't worry. Dill can stand a little neglect and drought, but don't go overboard.

If you only plan to use the leaves in cooking, go ahead and trim them as needed and add to your dishes. However, if the dill seeds are what you want, do not trim the leaves at all. Let it develop its flowers and pods. When the pods are brown, harvest them and place in a bag. When you shake the bag, the seeds will fall out.

Culinary Uses for Dill

Dill can certainly be used for more than pickling foods, but the most common use of dill spice in the United States is to mix cucumbers, dill and turmeric spices with other ingredients like vinegar to make pickles.

These ingredients work in natural synergy to help burn body fat and decrease appetite.

Hungry? Enjoy the health benefits of dill pickles as a snack or feast on edible incredible dill seeds and watch the weight disappear.

Be a food detective when choosing dill pickles and read the label carefully.

Walk away from dill pickles containing high fructose syrup, added sugar, artificial colors, or ingredients you cannot pronounce.

Better yet, make your own dill pickles. Making pickles with fresh dill is easy, fun and the healthier choice—cucumbers are a low calorie food—with the bonus of adding herbs and spices individualized to your body’s needs like coriander, ginger, turmeric or even cinnamon.

Eliminate or control ingredients you do not want in your diet like excess sodium and enjoy foods that are similar to those Jesus ate. You may have a favorite recipe for dill pickles that you love and can rely on, but if not, I've used several of these dill pickle recipes and found them to be dependable.

So, what did Jesus eat? Dill pickles may be one of the foods Jesus ate in those Bible times, but we do not know for sure. We do know Jesus, as well as others of that time period, ate foods designated by the dietary laws set up by His heavenly father for the health of the ancient Israelites. To me, it just make sense that if we eat similar foods and use similar herbs and spices, we'll enjoy better health.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Donna Cosmato

What Kinds of Foods Did Jesus Eat? Do You Think He Ate Dill?

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on November 23, 2012:

Thank you for your sweet message, Hyphenbird! I hadn't heard of the Hallelujah Diet, but I'll be sure to check it out soon. We are always looking for ways to improve our health by following God's guidelines as closely as possible.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 23, 2012:

Donna, I love, love, love this Hub. To draw closer to Jesus, we need to know who He was and how He lived. God's master plan includes so much that we ignore. I love dill but did not know about the health benefits. I am not surprised though. God has provided all we need to remain healthy through what we eat. I am going to check out The Maker's Diet and The Great Physician's Diet. I have been vegetarian many years and about six months ago went strictly vegan and eat about 85 percent raw foods. It was and is east for me because I love fresh foods. Many people have trouble adjusting. It is called the Hallelujah Diet. But I think it is just commitment to Genesis 1:29 (Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.).

Thank you for inspiring me with this lovely Hub reminding us to think about Jesus in every way!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 28, 2011:

Thank you, LadyLyell! We still have much we can learn from the Bible about so much topics, not just nutrition, don't we? I'm glad you found this useful:)

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on December 28, 2011:

I have found your article very interesting.

Jesus would have had a healthy diet living on all of natures produce. Olives were part of the staple diet too. Jericho is referred to in the bible as a 'land flowing with milk and honey' so clearly the inhabitance of the land had a healthy diet.

How very far removed from such a dietary intake in our era!

Your extensive research is appreciated.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 28, 2011:

Thanks, Shelly! I'm glad you enjoyed it...I'm trying to do more out of the box thinking this year:) Thanks for reading and commenting, I really appreciate it:)

Shelly McRae from Phoenix, Arizona on December 28, 2011:

Interesting angle, Donna. Nice approach to a common topic. Thumbs up!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 28, 2011:

Hi Annette! It's really ironic that you would reference Jordan's book because we follow The Maker's Diet and The Great Physician's Diet.

The facts I learned from his life story got me interested in learning more about the herbs and spices I love to cook with, and that lead to creating my own container herb gardens for year round access to fresh, healthy herbs. Anyway, I'm glad you liked this, and thank you for the vote up:)

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on December 28, 2011:

Hi, Donna! What a great hub! I remember reading something about the health benefits of dill in Rubin Jordan's book, "The Maker's Diet." But the Bible really is our manual for life (even our dietary life), isn't it? Thank you for sharing your knowledge about this interesting subject. Voted up!

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