Mint has dark green, slightly furry, tender leaves on a square stem. The flavour is refreshing and bright, with a sweet, cool sensation.
Always popular, Mint matches beautifully with citrus and cream flavours and can be used in iced teas, juices, cocktails, desserts, jellies, and sweets. It lights up a garden salad or dressing, and makes an exceptional addition to sauces, especially when vegetables, lamb, or duck are involved. It is also a classic garnish.
A traditional aperitif, Mint improves digestion and appetite and eases indigestion. It freshens the breath in toothpastes and mouth washes, and soothes the throat in cough lozenges.
Store in the fridge in the vegetable drawer in original punnet. Use within two days of opening. Alternatively, Mint can be kept at room temperature by standing the stalks in a jar of water, away from direct light.
Culture and History
Mint has been cultivated for thousands of years, originally in the Mediterranean, but it has since been carried to many different continents by explorers and travellers. The ancient Romans used it to scent their baths and bodies.