Cooking With Mint
Mint has many uses in the kitchen and often you will have more than you can use. Add it to lamb, summer drinks,
teas and salad dressing. Mint sauce of course would not exist without
it. You can use mint fresh or cooked.
At the Herbal Academy you can learn more about making your own herbal teas, tinctures, syrups, and body care products! This is a great way to use your homegrown herbs like mint for your health and well-being.
There are lots of mints available with different scents and flavours
and if you like them you can build up a nice little collection. Here are
some varieties for you to try:
Maroccan Mint (M. Spicata 'Maroccan') - great for Mint sauce and drinks
Peppermint (M. x Piperata var. Piperata) - you can get this one also with curly leaves
Eau-De-Cologne Mint (M. x piperata var. citrata) - reddish leaves
Apple Mint (M. suaveolens) - nice apple scent
Bowles Mint (M. x rotundifolia 'Bowles') - has hairy leaves and is great with new potatoes
Ginger Mint (M. x gracilis) - nice ginger flavour, also available in a variegated form
Mint plants are a nice addition for the herb garden. You can get them
in many varieties with different coloured foliage. The nice pale pink
flowers are a real bonus.
Mint plants are best bought from a garden centre or nursery because
most of them are hybrids and won't come true from seed. They also
multiply and grow fairly fast so there is no need to have a load of
How To Grow Mint
The Mint herb likes a well drained soil that does keep some moisture during the summer.
In very dry soils they get weak and you can get problems with rust and
mildew. The soil should be rich so add plenty of compost.
Cut part of the shoots back during the summer to encourage fresh
growth with new leaves. These will be more tender than the older leaves.
Choose a spot in the sun to part shade for your mint plant. The flavour will be better in a sunny place.
Position: sun to part shade
Feeding: every 2 weeks
Cooking: cooked or fresh
Preserving: freeze or dry
Growing Mint Herb In Containers
Choose a large sized container or bowl for mint. The more vigorous varieties of Mint are best grown on their own.
Cut the plants back to the ground before over-wintering the pots in a
cool place. Mature plants should either be re-potted or split in the
You can propagate mint plants by taking off runners or splitting the plant in early spring before the growth starts.
Harvesting And Preserving Mint Herb
Harvest the tips of the shoots with the young leaves. They are more
tender than the leaves at the bottom of the shoots. You can dry or
freeze the leaves.
If mint really likes your garden you will be able to harvest an abundance of this refreshing herb! You can turn your surplus into refreshing teas, syrups and tinctures to boost your health. You can learn the techniques here at the Herbal Academy.
Warning: Babies and toddlers don't tolerate Mint well!
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