Mint is a popular and well-loved herb that complements both sweet and savoury dishes. The leaves can be quite large and are deep green and flat with elegant veining that makes for a very attractive garnish. Mint can be eaten fresh or added to cooked dishes. It should be added at the end of cooking to keep it from turning bitter.
Choose mint with firm stems and fresh looking leaves. Avoid sprigs that have yellowed or blackened leaves. Trim the stems as if they were flowers and store upright in a container of water, covered with plastic. If there are no stems, wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel and put it in a plastic bag in the fridge. Mint should remain fresh for up to five days and should only be washed directly before use.
Did you know? Fresh mint tea can settle the stomach and help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. To prepare the tea, simply pour very hot, but not boiling, water over several mint leaves and sweeten the mixture with honey if desired. Also, chewing a sprig of fresh mint after a large meal will settle the stomach whilst freshening the breath.