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To store fresh Mint, start by trimming the very bottom off the stems, then place the bunch in a clear glass container with 1-2 inches of water in the bottom.
If you are not using the Mint within 1-2 days, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This should keep for up to 2 weeks.
Fresh Mint leaves can also be frozen whole. Place the washed and dried leaves in a clear plastic bag and freeze for up to 1 month.
Usage Ideas: While Mint does not pair well with many other herbs, it is commonly used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Try adding fresh chopped Mint to your favorite salad, sauce, or marinade for a bright, refreshing flavor.
Peppermint is the variety often used for teas and sweets and pairs well with chocolate and lemon, while spearmint is commonly added to sauces for meat (such as mint jelly) and vegetables. Add fresh chopped mint and garlic to cooked baby peas, or combine mint with fresh chopped cilantro in your favorite chutney or salsa recipe.
Fun Facts: There are over 600 known varieties of Mint, but some of the most commonly used in food are spearmint and peppermint (10)
Historically, Mint has also been used for many medicinal purposes, including as a home remedy for colic, headaches, and stomach aches. The menthol in fresh Peppermint leaves actually help to relax the intestinal tract, which can reduce bloating and discomfort (2)
The early colonists in North America often drank a tea made from steeping mint leaves with other herbs because unlike the imported English tea, mint was not taxed (10)
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