Where should I store fresh mint?
Storing Fresh Mint
Place the mint in a plastic bag, not sealing all the way so that air can circulate. Do not wrap tightly; trapped moisture will cause the herbs to mold. Trim the ends and place in a glass filled with about 1” of water. Cover with a loose fitting bag and refrigerate.
Where is mint found?
mint, (genus Mentha), genus of 25 species of fragrant herbs of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Native to Eurasia, North America, southern Africa, and Australia, mints are widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world and have naturalized in many places.
How long does fresh mint last?
Store refrigerated for 3 to 5 days: it's freshest for up to 3 days. How to store mint leaves: Place the leaves in moistened paper towels, then place the towels in a plastic bag but don't seal it. Store refrigerated for up to 3 days.
What is fresh mint used for?
Mint is one of the most versatile of herbs: it works just as well in savory and sweet recipes! Add it to drinks and cocktails for the best refreshing flavor. Pull off beautiful leaves to garnish desserts, or throw it into salads to make a beautiful green pop. You can even use it to make pesto.
What type of mint is best for tea?
The two varieties used most often for tea are Peppermint and Spearmint.
Which mint is used in mojitos?
Save the most beautiful sprigs for garnishing your mojitos. Spearmint is my favorite mint variety for mojitos. As a plus, it's the easiest type of mint to find at grocery stores (if you see ambiguously labeled “mint,” it's probably spearmint). Spearmint is sweeter and more mellow than peppermint.
What kind of mint is used in Middle Eastern cooking?
USE: Spearmint is used in vegetable dishes, salads, and dressings. Peppermint is used more in desserts, with fruits and ice creams. In the middle east, it's also used for meats, vegetables, rice and stuffed grape leaves, yogurt dishes and soups. Mint tea is also very popular in the region.
What is the difference between mint and spearmint?
Peppermint contains 40% menthol while spearmint contains less than 1% menthol. This means peppermint is going to have a more intense “minty” flavor that spearmint. So if you grab a leaf of your garden mint and taste it, if it has a really strong minty aftertaste, you are dealing with peppermint.
Should you wash fresh mint?
Mint can often be very gritty and dirty. Washing the mint leaves really well is important because if left with grit on them, the mint will turn the tea muddy.
When should you throw out mint?
How to tell if mint is bad or spoiled? Mint that is spoiling will typically become soft and discolored; discard any mint that has an off smell or appearance.