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Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

I am getting fed up of the fact that all Mint is labelled Pfeffermint in Migro and COOP, why would I want my lovely Thai Beef salad to taste like tooth paste...

To be safe now I have decided only to buy mint for Asian Salads from Asian stores.

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Old 23.04.2015, 13:47
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

I don't know if it has a connection, when I order Minze thee in the bar, they don't understand me; I have to order Pfefferminztee.
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Old 23.04.2015, 14:12
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

I thought a Minze would be something you'd look for in the gardening section and not necessarily use for food or ask to have put in your tea.

Pfefferminze is Peppermint and Grüne Minze is Spearmint.
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

The Minze you have in the garden is the minze you put in the thee I think ?
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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I am getting fed up of the fact that all Mint is labelled Pfeffermint in Migro and COOP, why would I want my lovely Thai Beef salad to taste like tooth paste...

To be safe now I have decided only to buy mint for Asian Salads from Asian stores.

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Old 23.04.2015, 15:07
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I thought a Minze would be something you'd look for in the gardening section and not necessarily use for food or ask to have put in your tea.

Pfefferminze is Peppermint and Grüne Minze is Spearmint.
Then its weird that they sell Grüne Minze as Pfefferminze in COOP. If I want toothpaste I'll buy some toothpaste thanks!
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Old 24.04.2015, 00:39
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

I had absolutely no idea about mint being of so many kinds... until 2 weeks ago, when I saw in the Friday Markt in Bürkliplatz a stall with pots of herbs. They had at least 5 types of mint plants. With my broken German I had to ask which one is more "geeignet für Mojito" . If you know your thing, you could check them out.
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

It was just a whine about the fact that the supermarkets do not distinguish between Spearmint and Mint.

Yes there are lots of mints for sale, Moroccan, Asian, etc. I do grow my own but its only just popping up now, so not enough for salads yet.

If you want mint for Mojitos go to the Asian shops a big bag costs around 2.50. :-)
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I am getting fed up of the fact that all Mint is labelled Pfeffermint in Migro and COOP, why would I want my lovely Thai Beef salad to taste like tooth paste...

To be safe now I have decided only to buy mint for Asian Salads from Asian stores.

#firstworldproblemthread and#foodthread
Why don't you just disregard the name and buy based on what is looks like? If you know what you like, you know what it looks like, right?
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Why don't you just disregard the name and buy based on what is looks like? If you know what you like, you know what it looks like, right?
Looks the same... tastes totally different!
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Why don't you just disregard the name and buy based on what is looks like? If you know what you like, you know what it looks like, right?
I just want to get this straight OK, I bought a Asian Salad mix and it had spearmint not mint in it !
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

what is spermint? i don't get it
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

Actually, I discovered today that when a Swiss says 'Minze' he actually means Pfefferminz. It has to do wtih Schweizerdeutsch. I think the Latin name would be more safe.
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Old 25.04.2015, 15:03
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The Minze you have in the garden is the minze you put in the thee I think ?

You can put what you want in your tea but Moroccan mint tea is made with spearmint.
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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Looks the same... tastes totally different!
Does not look the same.

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Actually, I discovered today that when a Swiss says 'Minze' he actually means Pfefferminz. It has to do wtih Schweizerdeutsch. I think the Latin name would be more safe.
It has nothing to do with Swiss German but with the fact that spearmint is almost unknown around here, except in toothpaste and chewing gum, where, of course, nobody cares where the taste comes from.

Since no kind of mint is used anywhere in traditional cuisine other than peppermint in "Pfefferminztee" (maybe I'm missing some niche recipes, but most likely no important ones), there is no need for even knowing spearmint.

I occasionally buy both potted peppermint and spearmint in Switzerland, and I've never seen them mislabeled.
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Since no kind of mint is used anywhere in traditional cuisine other than peppermint in "Pfefferminztee" (maybe I'm missing some niche recipes, but most likely no important ones), there is no need for even knowing spearmint.
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Because broadening ones culinary horizons is not really the done thing here...
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I am getting fed up of the fact that all Mint is labelled Pfeffermint in Migro and COOP, why would I want my lovely Thai Beef salad to taste like tooth paste...

To be safe now I have decided only to buy mint for Asian Salads from Asian stores.

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Having grown peppermint here both in pots and in the garden: The same plant can produce branches that are more pepperminty, and others that are more spearminty. I'm sure there's some pattern behind it, though I haven't figured it out.
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

I have 5 different types of mint growing in the garden- all with very different taste and very different uses. In Romandie, two are usually available 'menthe' (as in normal garden mint) and 'menthe poivrée' as in peppermint.
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Since no kind of mint is used anywhere in traditional cuisine other than peppermint in "Pfefferminztee" (maybe I'm missing some niche recipes, but most likely no important ones), there is no need for even knowing spearmint.
Because broadening ones culinary horizons is not really the done thing here...
Could that be because "traditional cuisine" is meant to be - uh - traditional?

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Because broadening ones culinary horizons is not really the done thing here...
Wrong Mint After Eights?

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