What ingredients does mint serve well? And in which dishes can you use it? You will never imagine the lash that could give your menu
There are more than 300 types of mint known, each with particular characteristics and with a more or less intense aroma. For this reason, some are recommended to mitigate the taste of strong foods, such as lamb or broad beans, others, more delicate, lend themselves instead to season salads, even fruit, or sauces and sauces. In the kitchen one of the most used is the "piperita" variety, with an intense green color and a very strong aroma. It is cultivated in Piedmont, in the Moncalieri area, but it is well known and used in many countries of the world, even in England, since the 1700s. It is a very versatile herb, it is suitable for both savory and sweet preparations. In the Arab tradition, for example, it is the fundamental ingredient for a lamb soup but also for refreshing herbal teas. In England it accompanies sauces for meat and roasts. For a more delicate touch, instead, mint is used, with the smallest leaf and the most mitigated scent. It goes well with eggs, mushrooms, seafood and salads.
Peppermint with vegetables
A perfect match for the piperita is with vegetables, especially if cooked and seasoned with garlic or onion but also with vinegar. Excellent i peppers, seared, peeled and seasoned with oil, garlic and fresh mint leaves. Same thing goes for the eggplant, grilled and then marinated with garlic, mint and oil. Mint gives a very fresh touch to zucchini in scapece, which are fried for a few minutes in a little oil and then seasoned with garlic, a dash of vinegar and oil.
A delicate touch with fruit salads and omelettes
On warm days nothing better than to refresh yourself with fruit salads or light and low-calorie salads. In this case the pennyroyal, more delicate and pleasant than peppermint, it gives something fresh to fruit like melon, watermelon, avocado and mango. Try to season the fresh strawberries with one syrup made of water, sugar and mint leaves: everyone will like it. In salads it is very delicate with shrimp, valerian and walnuts. The mint is also indicated with eggs, scrambled or in omelette with courgette flowers or wild asparagus.
Mint and chocolate, a safe combination
Who doesn't remember the After Eight chocolates, that bit of bitter cocoa with a heart of mint freshness? Always the binomial chocolate and mint fascinates the palates of young and old. Mint with sweets is a combination that has always been liked. So why not prepare a cheesecake with dark chocolate flakes and chopped mint? Or a cake with flour from coconut, chocolate and mint?
Mint against the Alzhaimer
The pleasantness and freshness of this aromatic herb was not enough to decide to use it more often, there is also one medical reason: a very recent Australian study shows how all types of mint have very strong antioxidant effects, useful to counteract the free radicals associated withAlzheimer's. Researchers have shown that this herb contains chemicals that could help the cognitive faculties of people with this condition.