Mint

 

GROW IT:

Many mint cultivars are available including spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, apple mint, mojito mint, orange mint and more. Mint is extremely invasive, so try containing it by planting it in a sunken pot. Grows anywhere, from shaded areas to those in full sun.

  


MINT TEA

Cover 1 tsp of dried leaves or 2 tsp of fresh leaves with 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, strain and drink.

* Freeze tea into ice cubes and add to ice water or iced tea

*Keep some mint tea in a spray bottle to use on irritated skin
 

USE IT:

Flavors fruit, lamb, salads. Use in teas to settle and upset stomach.

Repels rodents and snakes, so I plant it around the barn. I also put fresh picked leaves or sprigs in the chicken coops.

PEPPERMINT

  • Peppermint tea can relieve or prevent indigestion, gas, bloating and headaches.

MINT PUNCH

Chop 1 dozen large stalks mint, and pound. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the juice of 2 lemons. Let stand 2 hours; stir occasionally. make a syrup of 1/2 cup sugar, 1 pint water, yellow rind of 2 lemons cut up, 6 or 7 springs mint, and boil 10 minutes. Chill, add to lemons and mint and strain. Serve with 1 quart cracked ice and 2 bottles ginger ale (recipe doesn't specify bottle size but based on the date of the recipe this is probably the equivalent of 2 cans). This doubled 6 times serves 60 persons.
-Recipes from Old Virginia, 1946