All the mints are best used fresh and should be stored only briefly, in
plastic bags in the refrigerator. They may be frozen in ice-cube trays.
Dried leaves should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
Culinary Ideas for Mint:
Mint's tangy sweet flavor has a cool aftertaste that makes it delightful in many delicious ways. A few are:
Crush mint leaves and fold them in whipped cream for an excellent topping on chocolate desserts.
Sprinkle freshly-minced mint leaves on garden-fresh tomato slices.
Make traditional Mint Sauce for lamb.
Jellies, sherbets, ice cream, and Sorbet.
Make Mint Water. Twist or bruise 1 cup of peppermint, spearmint, or other mint. Place in a clean half-gallon container. fill with fresh, cool water. Chill in refrigerator. Strain and serve on ice. So refreshing! Try washing your face in Mint Water - Again, very refreshing!
Mint is found growing wild on many a shady creek bank. Mint must have lots of water and will spread quickly into a bed. I find the best way to plant mint is to plant in a container. This will keep the mint from taking over your gardens.
Learn how to dry and store fresh mint:
A tiny vase of fresh mint sprigs gives a cool fragrance to
a room. The secret is to crush 2 or 3 leaves and drop them inside the vase
before arranging the sprigs. Also tuck sprigs of mint in your centerpiece on
the dining room table.
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