[Sca-cooks] Romans + Mint

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Mon Jun 4 12:33:30 PDT 2007

M. spicata (spearmint) is indigenious to the Mediterranean basin.  It is not 
indigenious to Northern Europe.  Therefore, it would need to be imported 
into the British Isles by accident or design.  While it might have been 
introduced by one of the various tribes that migrated there or by Mycenaean 
or Carthaginian tin traders, the general opinion is that it was the Romans 
who held the territory for around five centuries and are known to have 
introduced a number of other plants to the Isles.


> Greetings
>  Why would it be likely the Romans brought mint to England?
>  Why could mint not have been indigenous?
>  Cealian
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