Mint originated in the Asian and Mediterranean regions, it comes in over 30 varieties, throughout history mint was taken as a medicinal herb to treat stomach aches and chest pains. Greeks used mint to clean their banquet tables and added it to their baths and perfumes. Romans used it in sauces, as a digestion aid and mouth freshener, it was also used to help treat minor burns and skin irritations due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In many cultures, mint symbolises hospitality and is offered as a sign of welcome and friendship.
More commonly today the essential oils are used in toothpaste, shower gels, medicines for its antibacterial properties. It is also known used to treat seasonal allergies, common colds, indigestion and gas, Irritable bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers.
Fresh mint is available all year-round but it flourishes in the warm summer months. Mint has many uses in cooking and beverages. Mint tea is great to aid digestion, its also very refreshing when added to Cambridge water flavouring as a cold beverage or made into ice blocks.
Why not try one of these yummy recipes using Mint:
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Toss parsnips with crushed garlic, pepper and oil. Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 30 mins. Once cooked mix through mint and sage and serve.