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Mint is a delicious herb that pops up during the spring season but lasts all summer long. Although the...
 
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May 13, 2014
Mint

Mint is a delicious herb that pops up during the spring season but lasts all summer long. Although there is dry mint to be had as with most herbs choose the fresh one; it delivers so much more intensity in flavor and freshness. When buying fresh mint, look for leaves with a vibrant bright green color with not dark spots or yellowing. To store fresh mint leaves, wrap them in a paper towel and place inside a loosely closed plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator, where it should keep fresh for several days. Mint is delicious as a garnish, in salads, in drinks and great in different types of pasta dishes. For a different touch to your tomato sauce add a few leaves of fresh mint. Or when making a marinade for fish, use a few leaves of mint with the chopped parsley. And in the summer make fresh mint tea and serve it iced.