Mentha spicata


Spearmint                                                                                                      Δυόσμος 


Lamiaceae - mint family                                                                                      Dicot.

 
 

One of several mints growing on Skopelos, spearmint (Mentha spicata) is found in moister areas of fields, olive groves and road verges. It has attractive pinky-mauve flowers, which are arranged in terminal spikes, giving rise to the scientific and English names for the plant. Most notable, however is the fresh, minty smell produced by crushing the leaves. The herb is used in England to make the traditional accompaniment for roast lamb, mint-sauce but in Greece it is used as flavouring in the popular little meat balls, keftedakia.

 
7-10mm,
4-9cm, 20-40cm, 
20-80cm, ,
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Keftedakia

Small fried meatballs


2 small onions

2 thick slice stale bread

1/2 kg. minced beef (mosxari)

2 tbsp. olive oil

2tsp. vinegar

11/2 tbsp. chopped mint

1 tsp. dried oregano

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Flour

Oil for frying


Remove crusts from bread and process in blender to make fine breadcrumbs.

Soak in water.

Mince onions, add salt and leave to stand, then squeeze well.

Mix minced onion with breadcrumbs and squeeze out any excess water, combine with mince meat and add herbs, olive oil and vinegar.

Season with black pepper and a little more salt if necessary.

Knead well and ensure ingredients are well mixed.

Leave in cool place.

Shape meat into small round patties, coat in flour and fry in hot oil, till golden.

Drain and serve with salad and / or tzadziki.


Καλή όρεξη - Enjoy!

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