Popular MintAll over the world, people use mint in the kitchen toadd a refreshing, and pleasantly pungent flavor tosweet a...
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Popular mint

Published on: Mar 4, 2016

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  • 1. Popular MintAll over the world, people use mint in the kitchen toadd a refreshing, and pleasantly pungent flavor tosweet and savory dishes. It is also widely used to treatskin conditions and digestive problems. Mint has longbeen a symbol of hospitality in the Middle East andserved to guests as a calming and relaxing hot tea towelcome them. A bundle of mint hanging at thedoorway can signify a warm welcome to guests. It alsoreleases a pleasant scent to those entering the home.In ancient Greece, mint leaves were crushed andrubbed on the table to welcome the gods.Universally esteemed, mint is grown and naturalized in many countries and has been astaple cooking herb of many cuisines. It is mentioned in early medieval cookbooks, botanicalreferences, and plant lists. Apicius, who wrote a famous cookbook in the first century, listedmint as an ingredient in many dishes. Mint was grown in many English gardens as far back asthe Roman times. The legendary ruler Charlemagne (742-814) decreed that mint be oneamong other herbs to be planted in his famous garden of seventy-eight herbs that spansacres.The term mint has its roots in classic Roman mythology, from the charming nymph named“Minthe,” who Pluto greatly adored. This angered Pluto’s wife Proserpine who in ragetransformed Minthes into the humble mint plant, or Mentha. It was also in Greece wheremint was widely used in the culinary arts. Home of Mediterranean cuisine, Greece began thestudy of foods and the art of cooking somewhere between 1700 and 1400. At that time, theMinoans, a sophisticated civilization that considered cooking and dining as important partsof their culture and living, dominated Greece. During that time mint was used in largequantities to make soups, salads, sauces, and stews. Many of the recipes developed by theMinoans are still part of the contemporary Greek kitchen and mint is still used in hugequantities in Mediterranean cooking.It is especially distinctive in Greek dishes such as Tzatzikia or Tallatori and in the Turkish dishCacik. Yogurt is used as the dipping sauce and is prepared with cucumbers, garlic, dill, oliveoil, vinegar, and lots of mint to make a dressing for salads and to accompany meats, fish, andvegetables. Another popular Mediterranean dish prepared with mint is the Keftedes, whichis a classic dish of meatballs also flavored with cinnamon.In Indian cuisine, mint is an important seasoning for traditionally bland foods. It is alsoadded in curries or vindaloos.~ gourmandia

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