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The Edelweiss spoon

April 5, 2012 ,

This is my favorite absinthe spoon because it reminds me of my childhood vacations on the Swiss Alpes: The centerpiece of the spoon is shaped as a stilized (leontopodium alpinum), the lovely silver-white flowers that grow at high-altitude.

The Edelweiss spoon

The flower is the unofficial national flower of Switzerland. It is unofficial probably because its name is German and because it doesn’t have a French, Italian or Rhaeto-Romance name which are Switzerland’s three other official national languages. Therefore the Edelweiss also used to be a symbol of Swiss-German culture dominating the nation’s other cultures and diminishing the diversity. I don’t think that there was a political message in the design of the spoon though. It is just a very beautifully crafted absinthe spoon.

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