ANNE J. M. MAMARY
MINT * akin to OE gemynd mind; memory—Delicious, fragrant mint, always spilling over the edges of the garden box, growing in the cracks of the back walk, up the side of the chipped cinder block garage. Cover it, cut it down—you can be sure tough tenacious mint, with roots deep beneath the cement will survive, redolent.
(mint) n. 1. Any of various plants of the genus Mentha.
Spearmint, peppermint, would you girls run out back and bring back two big hands full of mint?
(Mountain Mint—any of various aromatic North American plants of the genus Pycnanthemum, having clusters of small white or purplish flowers)
Wintergreen, Aunt Mary's living room is fragrant with bunches of fresh mint, tied together with ribbons, fluttering like summer wild flowers; she hangs them upside down to dry and we'll have green this winter, cool refreshing summer mint, dark inviting winter mint.
Many species are cultivated for their fragrant oil, usedforflavoring.
Wash mint chop, rinse wheat, dice tomatoes, chop parsley, lemon juice (not too much, Jiddu doesn't much care for lemon juice—he's sour enough already), olive oil, scallions, radishes (our Mary's secret ingredient), more mint, always more mint (Is there enough mint? what do you think, einou?)____________________