Lè Mithrètè is a very special type of wooden utensil. Shaped like a small, shallow pail with a handle, it is used for eating the thick rich Gruyère cream. Unexpectedly, it is also the nickname for the inhabitants of the village of La Roche and there is a story behind that, which goes way back, about 500 years ago.
Of course, they usually didn’t arrive on time for the Mass, they were late most of the time. The parishioners of Broc used to wait for them under the church porch. As soon as they saw them arrive, they would call out "Here come the mithrètè carriers, the service can now begin".
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A Country of Legends
Jean Brodard, from "Contes et légendes de Fribourg", Editions Monographic SA Sierre, 1984, Collection Mémoires vivantes