Mint 101

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

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.

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