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What's in Mirto?

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What's in Mirto?

zora | Jun 11, 2002 08:54 PM

I stopped by my neighbors' house this evening to bring some homemade goodies-- I'd pickled some shad he caught in the Potomac this Spring, a few home preserved Meyer lemons, and some whole almonds pan-roasted in olive oil. In return, she gave me a taste of a Sardinian aperitif I'd never heard of--called Mirto. It has a picture of a sprig of herbs on the label and a delicious herbal flavor I can't quite identify. She couldn't remember the English name of the herb (she's Italian), but told me that the legend is that it was used as an honorific crown by the Romans. Is it laurel? The picture didn't look anything like the bay laurel I'm familiar with, but bay could have been one of the flavors. The picture looked more like a thyme. Can anyone enlighten me? Anybody else familiar with Mirto?

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