Preserving Your Mint Harvest

The most popular mint varieties include Apple Mint, Black Peppermint, Orange Mint, Pennyroyal, Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Pineapple Mint, White Peppermint, and other exotic "flavors" which are all extremely aromatic. Thought to be a native of Europe, it has naturalized in almost every corner of the globe. The Japanese culture has been growing Mint to over 2000 years and Mint was found in the tombs of the Egyptians dating back 1000 years.

Mints can be dried, frozen, and preserved in vinegar for a refreshingly flavorful splash in salad dressings. Jellies made with mint are a traditional accompaniment to roasted lamb.

Medicinal Properties of Mint

Due to the high content of Menthol of most mints it is widely used by herbalists as a popular domestic remedy for indigestion, stimulating gastric secretions. The antispasmodic qualities of the tea helps relieve menstrual cramps and stomach aches and serves as a general "pick me up" to help relieve head aches and tiredness. Today menthol is used in commercial products such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, and creams and massage lotions helpful in the relief of rheumatoid arthritis. Aromatherapists recommend a few drops in a foot bath to relieve tired, achy feet.

Harvesting Mint
Drying Mint
Freezing Mint
Mint Flavored Vinegar
Mint Flavored Oil
Mint Flavored Butter
Mint Flavored Honey
Herb Jar Labels