The myth of Mint

THE MYTH OF MINT comes from the ancient Greek Mythology.
The name Mint is derived from the ancient “Minthe.
Minthe was one of the Naiads, the nymphs who lived in the county of Elis in Greece. She was the daughter of Kokytos. Her beauty was so marvelous that Pluto, the God of the underworld, fell in love with her. He saw her while she was wandering in the woods of the highest mountain in the province of Olympia in Greece, which was later named after her. Dazzled by her beauty, he decided to make her his mistress.
According to one version of the myth, Persephone, Pluto’s wife, caught him while he was kissing Minthe. Then she told her mother, the goddess Demeter, who punished Minthe by transforming her into a plant so small that no one would notice so she could easily be stepped on.
Pluto felt sorry for Minthe and gave to the plant its special scent.
Another variant of the myth says that Demeter was trampled on Minthe and crushed her. Pluto did not defend her. He transformed her into a fragrant plant, which began to grow on the slopes of the mountain Minthe.
Others say that Persephone was the one who trampled on the poor Minthe.
Strabo, a traveler of 175 AD, says: “East of Pylos there is a mountain named Minthi, that the legend says she was a mistress of Hades (Pluto) and she was trampled by the young lady, so the Minthi turned into the garden Minthi, that some call mint.
This myth explains why mint and its wonderful aroma, was dedicated to the god Pluto (Hades).

From the book “Mint, the miraculous herb and more than 30 ways to use it”


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