Monday, August 28, 2017

The Mint I've been Looking for

When I was about 10 my father took me to a surprisingly fancy dinner; surprising because it took place at the Renascence Festival.  It was a 7 course meal, with my main dish, as a child, being a half a pheasant.  The servers would have put the ladies at Hooters to shame.  Desert was a scoop of shaved ice, with a lemon syrup poured over it, and perfect green leaves on top.  I'll never forget those leaves.

At the time I knew mint was a flavor, but didn't realize that flavor came from a plant.  And apparently the plant tastes much better than the flavor.  I grew up knowing I liked mint, and I really liked some mint.  It took a long time to actually weed through the different factors before I came to the obvious conclusion: I like spearmint.

There are only two types of mint that humans commonly eat, peppermint, and spearmint.  And it's rarely advertised that they use spearmint.  It's always "mint," or "peppermint."  Peppermint tea was easy to find, and I could find tea that included spearmint.  I was this close to buying bulk spearmint online before I finally found it at a fancy grocery store.

It was sold as traditional medicine, without making any specific claims.  It says you can have up to 3 cups a day, without saying why.  But I don't care.  I'm glad there's a market for it, whatever the reason.  And I definitely got it right.  This is the mint I've been looking for.

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