Mint 101

Think green! Freshen up the months menus with our 10-minute-prep recipes. Cast this aromatic herb in a supporting role, or let it be the star.

 

Mint is available year-round but is most abundant in the warm months. A sprig of mint invigorates both savory and sweet dishes. There are many different varieties to choose from: peppermint and spearmint (the most common), pineapple, orange, apple, grapefruit, and chocolate mint, to name a few.



Mint gets its enticing aroma from menthol, an oil in its leaves. When selecting mint at the store, seek out mint that is bright green and not wilted. Once home, place mint stems-down in a glass of water. Cover the leaves loosely with a plastic bag, and refrigerate. This way, the mint will keep for a week or more, assuming that you change the water every two days.

 

A Brisk Brunch
Invigorate savory or sweet recipes with sprigs of mint (peppermint and spearmint are the most common varieties). Mint gets its telltale enticing aroma from menthol, an oil in its leaves. (Rub one and take in the scent!) Fresh mint is available year-round but is most abundant in these warm months.

 

Market to Table
At the store, seek out mint that is bright green and not wilted. Once home, place mint, stems down, in a glass of water; cover leaves loosely with a plastic bag, and refrigerate. It will keep a week or more, changing the water every two days.

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