[Sca-cooks] mint water
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise
jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Mon Jun 4 07:21:12 PDT 2007
> 1) Did mint grow in medieval Europe? I'm assuming it did, but wanted
> to verify. Because when I think of foods with mint, I think more of
> the Middle East than Europe.
Yes. Not only is it mentioned in Walafrid Strabo's 9th century poem
_Hortulus_ but Strabo specifically says that its varieties are "as many
as the sparks that fly from the forge of Vulcan..."
> 2) If mint was used in medieval European dishes, how was it generally
> used? As decorative sprigs? Or added as the above mint water? Or
> added along with a mix of other fresh herbs?
It was used in the ways that other fresh herbs were used. It appears in
cooked and uncooked salads and as a pot herb.
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