In March, the Nutrition Group featured MINT and St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day is in March – along with the color GREEN – so what better food (or flavor) to honor than MINT!!

Notice the beautiful picture of the MINT plant. So vibrant, we can also almost smell the mint!!

We sampled various foods, as pictured to the left on the plate. Starting at the top, clockwise: Mint Oreo cookies, Thank You Mints, Pistachio nut (green), Andes’ Mints, and Chocolate Chip Mint cookies. AND in the center – homemade chocolate covered cherries. We started the cherries last month, dipped them in chocolate, and over the past month, the cherries “cured” prior to today’s taste testing.

What did we taste from the MINT? In selecting the color green and the flavor of mint, we were able to taste a wide variety of foods. We discussed the “thank you Mints” and “Andes Mints”. Restaurants often serve the mints with the bill. A way to sweeten the bill?

The Mint Oreos are seasonal for March and tasted very good. The Mint Chocolate Chip cookies are a twist on regular chocolate chip cookies. The recipe was unique – it included sour cream and vanilla pudding mix.

 

The pistachios – the green nut – is an ingredient in pistachio pudding.

In the center of the plate, were the homemade chocolate covered cherries from last month – YUM!!

A cold glass of milk accompanied all of the mint tastings.

Interesting trivia about St Patrick’s Day:

  • St Patrick was not born in Ireland. He was born in Great Britain. At age 16, he was captured and held captive in Ireland. He was able to escape. Several years later, St Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the Irish people to Christianity.
  • St Patrick’s real name was – Maewyn Succat
  • St Patrick used the shamrock – with the three leaves – to explain the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • There are 10,000 three-leave shamrocks for every ONE four-leaf clover.
  • There is discrepancy regarding who had the first St Patrick’s Day Parade – Boston or New York
  • There are more Americans of Irish origin that there are Irish in Ireland.
  • Chicago dyes the Chicago River green for St Patrick’s Day.

Interesting trivia about MINT:

 

  • The top mint producing states in the United States are – Oregon, Washington, Idaho.
  • Peppermint is one of the oldest and best tasting home remedies for indigestion.
  • The flavor of MINT provides a refreshing flavor for toothpaste.
  • Romans believed eating mint would increase intelligence.
  • The scent of mint will stop a person from losing his temper!!
  • Mint gets its name from the MENTHE – a Greek mythical character.
  • Mint has been found in Egyptian tombs from as far back as 1000 BC

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