Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mint


Nymph of the spices 

Magic green and peppermint

The Pharisees, according to the Bible, collected taxes in mint, dill and caraway, and Charlemagne, who was very fond of plants, ordered its cultivation. Romans wore it to himself marching through Europe and was brought to Britain, where he arrived to America. Wherein lies its magic.
Perennial mint, Mentha Latin name, from the family of labrid species, originally from Europe. Today, it is grown throughout the world and in our region of Slavonia.


Peppermint, spearmint or peppermint has almost 30 species, which are made by crossing a new subspecies.It can grow 30 to 80 cm and provides a number of underground and aboveground shoots that are easy to root.

Found even in Egyptian tombs, while the Japanese are growing more than two thousand years to obtain menthol.

Her name is first mentioned in Greek mythology and there are two different stories. The first story says that the nymph Mentu deceived Hades, god of the underworld, whose queen Persephone became jealous and turned her into a plant, mint, while the second story was the nymph Mentha he loved Pluto. In order to meet the jealous wife of Pluto it has turned into a fragrant plant.

Sensitive to drought and low temperatures, it is cultivated in gardens, but will thrive well in a slightly larger container in your home. In nature, can usually be found as wild mint.
The most widespread are black and British mitcham mint varieties, which called peppermint or mint green.Peppermint is officially used as a remedy for digestive problems, such as dyspepsia, flatulence, gastritis and convulsions. It was created by crossing class and mint green in the province in the early 16th Mitchamcentury.

Healing mint leaves and essential oil obtained by distillation of peppermint are used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.
Tea made from spearmint calms nerves, migraines, affecting the secretion of urine, gastric juices and bile, and is an excellent remedy for vomiting.

It is because of the properties to reduce puffiness, mint leaves added to the cooking beans. Use the young leaves pale green, while the lower, older leaves should be avoided because of their bitter taste.
The dishes are placed at the end of cooking, and is an excellent addition vinegar and jelly.

The misconception is that it is used only as a dessert or refreshing drinks and cocktails. Combined in meat and fish, and is often added yogurt and fresh fruit.

Agrees perfectly with the tomatoes and used in sauces for pasta. There has been much used in French cuisine in the preparation of sweet, but also savory dishes. 

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