Plenty of Ways to Use Fresh Spring Mint!

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Mint is at its fresh best in the early spring.  We love putting it in our CSA bags and we also bring bags of it to the market.  It sells fast.  Mint is not an herb I grew up cooking with, so it is only in the past few years that I have been using it.  See what you think of my mint ideas.

 

  1. Chop some mint and garlic and add to plain Greek yogurt.  Finish with some salt and lemon. Use on any type of meat.
  2. Season lamb or chicken with mint, garlic, salt, and pepper before you roast it.  
  3. Slice up some fresh strawberries and add fresh whipped cream and slivers of thinly sliced mint.
  4. Put fresh mint in a big pitcher of filtered water.  Tastes great!
  5. Pour hot water over mint to make a tummy soothing tea.  
  6. Add mint to your juice or smoothie.  
  7. Add chopped mint to your salad for a fresh kick.
  8. Add mint to your slaw, along with some scallions and a squeeze of lime.
  9. Add mint and other chopped fresh herbs to rice or cauliflower rice.
  10. Make a mojito!

Mint is not only yummy; it is also good for you.  Mint has historically been used to soothe the stomach.  Mint also inhibits microbial growth and naturally freshens breath. Mint contains a phytonutrient, called perillyl alcohol, which in some studies has shown anticancer properties.  Mint has natural cooling properties.  Use it in a bath or foot soak!

 

Mint is not only tasty; it is also delicious.  Enjoy it this spring while it is growing lush and strong.  

Don’t forget to add herbs to your veggies!

Robin

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