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Old 08.05.2015, 20:07
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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Could that be because "traditional cuisine" is meant to be - uh - traditional?
I'm 100% sure that every country has traditional recipes. That doesn't stop them trying new ones does it?

Wasn't there a story about Swiss people complaining about too much choice in Migros?
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Old 08.05.2015, 22:17
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

And what about Minz pies?
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Old 09.05.2015, 08:35
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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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.
But they should label it accordingly in the supermarkets. I just think they get whatever they get and package it all as pfefferminz, but after reading about it in Tom Stobarts book, Herbs, Spices and Flavourings (which incidentally also has the names in German, French, Italian, Spanish and the Latin scientific names, of all herbs and spices, and is very useful for amateur cooks like myself :-) ) Peppermint is definitely not Mint, according to the name, I have been buying the wrong stuff from COOP, but in Migros they sell Peppermint and its really plain old Mint? I think in [edit: German speaking] Switzerland they just don't distinguish between the two.
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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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I'm 100% sure that every country has traditional recipes. That doesn't stop them trying new ones does it?

Wasn't there a story about Swiss people complaining about too much choice in Migros?

But there were lots of stories about Swiss People complaining about an insufficient choice in Migros


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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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Re: Mint or Spearmint give it its proper name please!

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Does not look the same.


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.

THIS recipe http://www.kuechengoetter.de/rezepte...ce-177561.html came over from Britain in the 1970ies
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