Hello from our ice cream kitchen where we spent the day slicing and juicing fresh lemons and picking fresh mint for ONE batch of lemon-mint sorbet (which will last us only a couple of days). DID you know that Eichenau, west of Munich, was once a famous area of arable land used for growing pharmaceutical peppermint of the highest quality? This land is now used for other things but Eichenau has paid homage to the humble mint plant and actually has a Peppermint Museum (!) Unfortunately it's only open for 2 hours on Sunday aber immer weiter hin... it shares a lot of information about the medicinal herb, its cultivation, harvest and drying. So if you're ever bored in Eichenau on a Sunday, you now know what to seek out... In other news, we learned today that Mint has a nifty history in Greek Mythology. You see, Minthe was the daughter of the river god Cocytos. Hades, the god of the underworld, fell in love with her. His wife, the goddess Persephone, became veeeery angry. So she killed Minthe and dismembered her. Hades scattered her remains, from which mint plants grew and thrived up on a sunny hill to the east of Pylos in Messinia.
See, every scoop of ice cream has a story! And if that's not the story you want to think about while enjoying a scoop of our lemon-mint sorbet, then consider this:
Thousands of years ago, peppermint was already so favoured and honoured, that it was added to the pyramid tombs of pharaohs in Egypt - as a protecting herb for the journey to kingdom come.