In this series, we reveal the secrets, histories and quirky bits of trivia behind your favorite foods.
Struggling to keep your cool while stuck in traffic or on the receiving end of a text-message breakup? Try popping a mint.
Mint has long been revered as more than just a palate refresher. Ancient Hebrews scattered mint leaves on synagogue floors to fill the room with its herbaceous scent, and a Greek myth tells of an elderly couple wiping down their table with min as a sign of welcome and hospitality for their guests (which was a good move: it turned out that the visitors were the gods Zeus and Hermes in disguise).