Thinking of Winter – Mint Harvest

Posted on June 17, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Plants | Tags: , , , , , |

Plants - Mint HarvestWho wants to think of winter right now?  It is time, though, to make a first cutting of mints for winter teas.  My apple mint was 2-3 feet tall and my chocolate mint was about a foot tall.  It’s better to hack them before their try to set blooms when all the energy of the plant goes into flowering and making seeds.

So, yesterday I brought in a huge pile of these two mints.  They went into a 2-gallon bucket of cold water to get swished around, removing grit from the soil that may have splashed up onto the plants during rain as well as bugs.  Then they go into the salad spinner in batches to get most of the water off.  Then they get rolled in clean kitchen towels to get more water off.  Then laid out on cookie cooling racks to dry.  It will take a few days for them to completely crisp up.  Then I just stuff the leaves and stems into coffee cans where they will be stored in the basement until the cool winds of fall stir up a desire for a hot, yummy drink.

Plants - Mint water

Right now, though, I also have used some of the mint leaves in water for a refreshing infusion and they are also good in a fruit smoothie.  I threw in a handful of leaves along with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.  I couldn’t believe the flavor punch that added!

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