Friday, May 13, 2011

Loving Mint

I'm so pleased to see the mint beds coming back to life.  Although the mint spreads extensively, we use it in so many of our dried tea blends that I never seem to have enough left for our own household to last the winter.  I crave fresh mint and now it's here again.  In an earlier post we included the recipe for how to make a herbal iced tea using both a solar or regular infusion method.  Add fruit, honey or other sweetener, lemon or ice, hot or cold, it's so simple and so our mint tea garden we have mohito mint, apple mint, chocolate mint, ginger mint, frutasia mint, orange mint, grapefruit mint, spearmint, wild mountain mint, and finally a true peppermint (mentha x piperita which is actually a cross between water mint and spearmint, and is harder to get than you'd think since peppermint doesn't come true to the parent plant if you use seeds - so planting from a root cutting is the safest way to get exactly the plant you want)...and peppermint in particular has such a long history of medicinal uses, that this is one we needed to have on hand.  If you drop by the farm for a visit this summer, you know what we'll be serving...

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