Itinerary A

[2]Aromatic plants: water mint and lesser calamint

The peaceful ponds of Pantalica are invaded by fragrant water mint, a very aromatic plant. It is the oldest of all the numerous species of mint.
The Romans had already discovered it and would put sprigs of mint in sacks of grain.
The smell of mint would in fact bother mice which otherwise would have eaten the grain intended for food!
Lesser calamint, also known in Italian as mentuccia, helps to strengthen odours in the room.
Menta acquatica