Itinerary B

[2]Aromatic plants: water mint and lesser calamint

The peaceful ponds of Pantalica are invaded by fragrant water mint, a strongly aromatic plant. It is the oldest of all the numerous species of mint.
The Romans had already discovered it and appreciated its qualities.
In that period, some sprigs of mint would be placed in sacks and jars of grain because the intense perfume bothered mice which otherwise would have attacked the grain intended for food.
Lesser calamint can be found in the meadows and among the rocks, another aromatic plant with a strong penetrating smell, which is very widespread and also used in cooking.
In Sortino this plant is frequently used in cooking, in particular to prepare a typical dessert called ‘nfigghiulata.