Mint is one the most popular and versatile herbs to have in the kitchen.
Its cool and clean flavour can do so much for sweet and savoury dishes alike, whether mixed in with a fruit salad or as a classic mint sauce.
The fragrant menthol aroma is released just by moving or rubbing the leaves as their oils are on the surface of the leaf.
So if you are using mint in a cooked dish, add towards the end of cooking to maintain its flavour.
Simple Mint tips …
- Add freshly chopped mint to a tomato salsa and serve with white fish.
- Use sprigs of fresh mint to decorate a carrot cake to add depth and flavour.
- Sprinkle chopped mint leaves onto fruit salad – it adds a freshness and cooling flavour.
- Steep 2-3 mint leaves in a cup of hot water for a refreshing mint tea.
- Delicious homemade mint sauce – Mix 2 large handfuls of finely chopped mint, 2 tbsp of cider or white wine vinegar, 2 tbsp of boiling water or apple juice and 2-3 tsp of caster sugar.
Where to buy me
Vitacress are proud to supply the leading UK supermarkets with their packs of herbs and pots of British-grown herbs all year round. We carefully pack the herbs in the retailer’s packaging for Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose and you can find them in the fresh produce area.
How to look after me
Where to keep me – Place your pot of living mint on a saucer or in a planter in a bright place away from cold drafts. Do not put in the refrigerator.
How to water – Water sparingly, little and often when the compost is dry to the touch. Do not leave to stand in water.
How to use – Pick sprigs and chop as required. By pinching out the sprig tips from the top it will encourage new growth. Rinse before use under cold, running water. As the essential oils are on the surface of the leaf be careful not to over-handle as this will reduce the depth of flavour.
Where to keep me – Store your mint in a bag in the salad drawer of your refrigerator.
How to use – Rinse under cold, running water. As the essential oils are on the surface of the leaf be careful not to over-handle as this will reduce the depth of flavour. Use whole sprigs or pick the leaves and use whole or chop as required.