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    Mint
    Mentha sp.

    Mint is such a beautiful and fresh tasting herb .... its great just picked straight from the garden then thrown into a bottle of water to give your water a tang ...

    Mint itself has many varieties - peppermint, spearmint, applemint, chocolatemint, varigated, prostrate or upwards forms but all are perennial and LOVE lots of water ....

    It is easily grown by seed and the leaves can be used both fresh and dried ...

    It is excellent for your digestive system, it sooths an upset tummy and freshens and sweetens the breath, you can chew directly on a few leaves or make up a tea by pouring boiling water over the leaves

    Something I didn't know is that it is often used by Organic farmers to grow around apple trees to ward off moths!!!

    In terms of cooking .... where would some of us be without Mint Jelly with our roast lamb, Minties & various Peppermint lollies, Raita, and of course Mint Julips. Its a major ingredient in a lot of middle eastern recipes and in many many luscious desserts, you can even coat the leaves in chocolate or candy them to put on the top of desserts - a real treat ..

    Its often added to vinegars for additional flavouring, a sprinkle on top of vegetables often makes them taste sensational ....

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    Don't forget about catmint!!

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    Okay, I don't like it, but my cats think it's fantastic!

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    I grew mint for a long time. It was a gift that took over the flowerbeds and crept out into the yard. I have not had a piece take in the past eight years, but I have not put it anywhere near the garden beds for fear it would over take them.
    My favorite recipe was to take softened cream cheese and fold in cool whip. I would all mint leaves that were chopped. It made a wonderful dip for fruit in the summer.
    My favorite usage ?
    Making a huge bouquet of mint and tying it to the facet in the bathtub while drawing a summer bath- ahhhh it was good then.
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    Karis, to keep mint (or strawberries or other wild spreading plants) from spreading you can plant them right in the ground inside a pot that is large enough to hold a mature plant. If you see a &#039;runner&#039; going over the side, snip it!
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    Momma grew mint in the flower beds, I remember the aroma drifting in the windows. She used to put it in her tea. I personally don&#039;t mind the scent, but consumption is another story.

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    oooh, I love mint!

    When I was a kid, if we had roast lamb it was job to go pick fresh mint from the back yard, where my dad had sunk a big old square sink into the ground to keep it contained, and make the mint sauce using a neat little hand cranked doodad that ground up the leaves.

    And there&#039;s nothing like FRESH just-dug-out-of-the-ground new potatoes boiled with a few mint leaves in the water and served with fresh butter.

    Fresh mint is yummo in tabbouleh, and in tzatziki or raita...

    And I love mint tea, with or without black tea. Tim Horton&#039;s has a nice mint tea for whenI don&#039;t want caffeine... But if I drink mint tea/black tea combo I don&#039;t drink it black like the Arabs do, I put milk in it like the Pakistanis do.
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    I&#039;ve never had milk in black/mint tea - that sounds interesting. The other day, I made a pitcher of mint tea, and I got to drink it all myself, &#039;cause DH doesn&#039;t like it!

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    mint in tea ?
    My favorite beverage of choice with mint ?

    mojito
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    That looks mighty good to me!!! I will have one too!

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    [quote author=sirak link=topic=36.msg1134#msg1134 date=1194042627]
    mint in tea ?
    My favorite beverage of choice with mint ?
    mojito
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    oh Karis, the mojito is my fav drink full stop!!!!!
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    what on earth is a mojito when it&#039;s at home??
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    A Mojito is as a Mojito does...
    If it&#039;s at home - you would be in CUBA.A Mojito was Ernest Hemmingway&#039;s beverage of choice. It celebrates the smiling flavors of Cuba. I live in Margaritaland- but I would take a well made Mojito any day.

    Wikipedia might help:

    A mojito is traditionally made of five ingredients: rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, carbonated water and mint[1]. Its combination of sweetness and refreshing citrus and spearmint flavors are intended to mask the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear cocktail a popular summer drink. Many hotels in Havana also add Angostura bitters to cut the sweetness of the mojito; while a popular variation, it is not the original version created in La Bodeguita del Medio[1].

    To make a Mojito, juice from a lime is added to sugar and mint leaves in a tall glass. The mixture is then gently mashed repeatedly with a muddler. Crushed ice is then added, followed by rum and topped off with club soda.

    The word mojito is derived from the diminutive of the word mojo.
    Mojo is a good way to look at it !
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    oh.

    I&#039;ll pass on that thanks very much. Diet Dr Pepper is the current favourite here in the Sheep Pen. Or the Nescafe French Vanilla flavour coffee :smileycup:
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    OOPS I threadjacked it.

    Normal service may now be resumed.

    Back to mint, we got Mint Chocolate Chip flavoured fudge at the Royal yesterday. Yummo!! :2up:
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    Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Yummy! My very favorite and full of real sugar!!!

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    We had a huge patch of mint in the back yard when I was a kid. We used to pick off the leaves and chew on them.

    I like the tea--I crave it when I&#039;m feeling under the weather...love the ice cream, positively adore it in anything with chocolate. I can enjoy a good Mint Julep, too...

    Never heard of putting it in the potato water, but I&#039;m going to have to try that!
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