Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tea Time Mints


The three plants pictured are all mints. Applemint is to the left and has an intense flavor of a Granny Smith apple. The middle mint is lemon balm which tastes like lemonade and is often used as an ice cream flavoring. Catnip is pictured on the right. Most people think catnip is just for cats, but the mint also makes an excellent tea. I stored all of these mints by freezing the leaves in ice cube trays.

Mint is a common weed but can easily been identified by the opposite leaves and the strong minty odor when crushed. According to Greek mythology, Minthe was a nymph who was transformed into an herb by Pluto’s wife, who was jealous of her. Mint is the symbol of hospitality was mentioned by Ovid when two peasants, Baucis and Philemon scoured their serving board with mint before feeding guests. (The Complete Book of Herbs-1988)

In England, before the discovery of black tea in Asia, most tea was made from catnip. In the area where I live, the mint is sometimes used as a common remedy for infants with colic. I drink catnip at night to help relax and go to sleep. 

2 comments:

  1. I'll have to try catnip tea. Sounds good!

    By the way did you know there is a job listing for someone to translate German?

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    1. I have seen that ad in the paper, but it seems like they want someone who is on-call. I'm too busy to be able to do something like that. I do use my German skills at the restaurant about once a week. One man came in who was from Munich and we actually went to the same Japanese festival a few years ago.

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