Morrocan Mint Background
Tea blended with mint (Latin: Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest variations in the world of tea. From Armenia, where mint is known as "Ananookh", to Khazakstan, where it goes by the name "Jiyek jalbız," to Morocco where it is called "Eqama," people have been adding fresh mint leaves to tea for at least a thousand years. But even before it was added to tea, the bitingly sweet herb was enjoyed on it's own, or in oil form, for hundreds of years before that. For example, did you know that Mint was mentioned in the Old Testament? It's in there. In the Bible's original Greek it was called "hedyosmon," which translates directly into English as "the sweet smelling one". And a sweet smelling herb it is. Olfactory scientists claim that the scent of mint is one of the most recognizable on the planet. The scent is pure, refreshing, pungent and slightly burning when highly concentrated.