Monday, December 10, 2007
How many ways to use mint?
How many days in the year?
Do you know that mint is the symbol of hospitality?
One of Ovid's tales of gods and godesses,
written 2000 years ago, was inspired by mint-the symbol of hospitality.
Philemon and Baucis, a man and wife, were living in Phygia, a country in Asia Minor.
The land was so poor, this couple had hardly enough food to keep them alive.
One day two strangers knocked at their door, asking to be fed.
Despite their poverty, they were delighted to have guest, and prepared the best meal possible from their meager supplies.
Wishing to fill their humble home with inviting fragrance they rubbed the table with mint leaves. At that point their anxieties were past-the guest proved to be Zeus and Hermes, incognito. The hovel was soon transformed into a temple, and priest ministered to all the needs of Philemon and Baucis for the duration of their lives. ( and who's to say not.)
Mint was well known and highly esteemed in the ancient world.
The Pharisees paid tithes of mint, anise, and cumin.
In Greece, crushed mint leaves were used as perfume for the arms and to scent the bath.
Naturalist Pliny had the highest regard for mint as a medicine. He wrote,
" The very smell of it reanimates the spirit."
It could, for example, stop the hiccups, kill the sting of sea serpents, and if consumed just before an oration, clear the voice.
Speed forward to 2007...it makes awesome tea, hot or cold.
It is the life of a Mint Julep.
Transforms green peas into magic peas.
Does for a chocolate what tomatoes do for a BLT...
Oh...and have you ever put a few sprigs on a baking ham...place it under pineapple slices and secure with baking picks or tooth picks.
Drop a few sprigs into the coffee filter while your coffee is dripping....
And, if you want to smell especially splendid, just crush some leaves and rub your arms.
The bed in the photo is Orange Mint.
The signature mint at Sage Hill Farms is Black-peppermint,
and our house blend tea is a mix of Lemon Balm and Black-peppermint.
If you feel so inclined, you might wish to give it a try.
It will soothe and relax you after a fine dinner.
Prepares you for a good nights sleep.
You can find us here...we will leave the light on for you!