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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Mint ... did you know !



Mint - did you know:
"There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance. The most popular type is spearmint, with its pointed, serrated leaves and a familiar refreshing flavour. It is commonly used to make mint sauce or jelly and in tea.

Peppermint has longer, darker leaves and a stronger flavour and is popular in sweets and confectionary. Another popular variety is apple mint, which has a subtle, fruit-tinged flavour and is popular in summer drinks.

Availability:
Mint is at its peak from May to September.

Choose the best:
Look for bright green, perky leaves that aren't wilting.

Prepare it:
Pull leaves from stem and run under cold water before shredding or adding whole to dishes. The smaller leaves at the top of the sprig are sweeter and great for garnishing salads and soups with.

Store it:
Store fresh mint in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag for up to 3 days.

Cook it:
Use mint in a variety of dishes including fruit salads, stuffing's, tabbouleh and for Thai dishes including soups and curries."
The above image and information about mint from here

Tomato and mint salad
see recipe here


Do you enjoy the flavour of mint, or adding it to your recipes?

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

30 comments:

Martha said...

I always have mint available. We always had it in my home when I was growing up. I'll have to make that delicious salad!

Tom said...

...I do know that if you plant it in your garden, it will take over!

Magic Love Crow said...

I love my mint! Thank you Jan! Great post! And, thank you for letting me know, several people have been having problems with blogger! Big Hugs!

Christine said...

It makes a refreshing salad I can see!

John's Island said...

Hello Jan, When I was a kid I remember, in our back yard, we had a mint plant. Mother would send me out to get a few fresh leaves for tea she was making. It is such a wonderful plant. Your post today reminds me of that and puts me on a mission to see if I can find fresh mint at the grocery. I absolutely must make the mint and tomato salad using your recipe! Thank you for this! Thank you also for your recent comment on my blog and letting me know your Covid restrictions have been lifted a little more. That is good news! It seems like things are looking more positive here as well. Take good care and best wishes to you and Eddie. John

J.P. Alexander said...

M e gusta el chocolate con menta. Gracias por la entrada te mando un beso

DVArtist said...

My favorite is chocolate mint. I grow it year round.

Elephant's Child said...

We are too dry here and I struggle to keep our mint alive. I will keep trying though because I love it.

Margaret D said...

Love mint.

Evi Erlinda said...

My mints are growing beautifully. This salad looks great!

Valerie-Jael said...

Mint has a wonderful taste and aroma. Have a great weekend, Valerie

baili said...

mint is so liked by me and hubby
we use it regularly in season and to save it for later we wash and dry it so it's powder can be used in dishes or as herb in tea
thank you for sharing dear Jan!
blessings to you and family!

Jo said...

I love a few springs of mint added to the pan when cooking home grown potatoes, absolutely delicious.

linda said...

I love mint it's so refreshing, that salad looks delicious. Have a lovely weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I love mint, the salad look yummy.
We do grow some mint in a pot. I use it in my tea.
Have a happy weekend!

CJ Kennedy said...

I like spearmint. Not too keen on peppermint

My name is Erika. said...

I did know about mint, being a gardener. In the garden is just grows out of control. But oh it tastes so good. I love the idea of the salad you showed. Happy weekend.

Jeanie said...

I adore mint and grow it. In addition to cooking I also often will use it in a flower vase with a bloom that has no foliage. And it gives a wonderful fragrance (and roots easily, although since it spreads so much, I don't see me doing another planting!)

Jean said...

I'm growing mint in my container herb garden. Love the smell of it. Our local nursery has chocolate mint plants which seem intriguing. Hope your weekend is going well so far!

Teresa said...

La de la fotografía parece hierbabuena. Hierbabuena y menta las tengo en mi jardín.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have overwintered both pineapple and orange mint for three years. I just purchased chocolate and peppermint a few days ago. The chocolate is still looking OK, but the peppermint, which I paid a ton for, looks like it isn't going to make it after I transplanted it. Fresh mint is always best, and I try to keep some in water on my window sill. thanks for the recipes, too, Jan.

Laura. M said...

Rica ensalada. Me encantan. No suelo utilizar menta.
Buen fin de semana para todos. Cuidaros.
Un abrazo

happyone said...

Mint is something I don't use very often but do like it.

Divers and Sundry said...

I love my mint :) It is hardy, coming back every year. I like it best in lemonade.

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

I've got some growing in the garden but I don't use it very often as it doesn't agree with me.

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Kay said...

Yup. I just tested myself this morning and know I must be careful. Mint sounds so refreshing.

aussie aNNie said...

Often use mint is summer... good to keep mozzies away to I hear. x

Debbie said...

i don't use mint, and i don't grow it because it will take over the garden!!

Lorrie said...

I love mint and it is so easy to grow, although it will take over the garden if not confined well. I like bunches of it in a glass in my kitchen for a bit of greenery, too.