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Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!

Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!

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As temperatures soar outside, we need relief from the heat. Mint is a naturally cooling and refreshing herb that most of us have right in our own backyards (usually in abundance due to its rampant spreading habit). Here are a few ideas and recipes for cooling down with mint.

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Uncovering the benefits of mint

Uncovering the benefits of mint

Introduction   Although the idea that herbs provide a number of benefits to humans is rampant and far reaching, few take interest to uncover the very essence of what and how. This article aims to...

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Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts

Sweet Herb Planter Yields Just Desserts

A combination of sweet mint and pineapple sage means many sweet summertime treats. Here’s how to grow a sweet herb planter and how to enjoy the results.weet

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Cocktail Gardening: Grow Mint, Basil and Cilantro for Popular Drinks!

Cocktail Gardening: Grow Mint, Basil and Cilantro for Popular Drinks!

Learn how to grow popular cocktail gardening herbs, mint, basil and cilantro in containers. Garden expert Shirley Bovshow teaches new gardeners, Ari and Emma how to create a stacked mint container...

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Spearmint is the Quintessential Summer Herb

Spearmint is the Quintessential Summer Herb

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There are many kinds of spearmint (Mentha spicata): Some are fuzzy-leaved while others are smooth; there are big leaves to small, and even curly. I like them all for cooking and beverages. Their flavor is sweet, cool, and refreshing. If a recipe calls for mint—and doesn’t specify which type—use spearmint since it grows on all continents, except of course the polar ones.

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Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan Mint Tea

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To prepare the traditional Moroccan tea, keep the following essentials in mind. The tea must be green, with a mild flavor. The mint must be fresh (absolutely not dried), and it must be spearmint. The tea is traditionally very sweet; there is always sugar in the bottom of the glasses in Morocco. The tea should be served in small glasses with several fresh mint sprigs in each glass. This recipe is excerpted from Herbs in the Kitchen by Carolyn Dille and Susan Belsinger, Interweave Press, 1992.

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Herbs for Tea

Herbs for Tea

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I recently gave a program on herbs to grow for tea. Now would be the time to design a tea party garden or plant tea herbs in containers. See the list below for my favorites.

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tropical fruit salad with vanilla mint syrup

tropical fruit salad with vanilla mint syrup

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This light and refreshing dessert can be made with any combination of fruit but is especially good with tropicals.

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Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan Mint Tea

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To prepare the traditional Moroccan tea, the tea must be green, with a mild flavor, and the mint must be fresh spearmint.

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Culinary Mint Medley

Culinary Mint Medley

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Mint is indispensable for the cook, but which mint? In this article, Susan Belsinger offers guidance on selecting and using this essential perennial herb.

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Fresh Pea Soup with Mint

Fresh Pea Soup with Mint

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This simple soup can be made with frozen peas, if necessary. For added richness, use half-and-half instead of milk.

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Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies

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You can use spearmint in these chocolate brownies, but peppermint works best with chocolate.

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Blondies with Orange Mint and Apricots

Blondies with Orange Mint and Apricots

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Orange mint endows these blondies with a citrus flavor and scent.

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Tabbouleh with Mint

Tabbouleh with Mint

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This is a traditional-style Middle Eastern tabbouleh with the added flavors of garbanzos, pine nuts, and currants.

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Mint and Bulgur

Tomatoes Stuffed with Mint and Bulgur

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The red cabbage and raisins in the stuffing are an unusual touch.

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Honeydew Mint Granita

Honeydew Mint Granita

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Honey and honeydew make this light green ice fruity and sweet.

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Peas with Mint

Peas with Mint

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A classic springtime pairing.

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Fragrant Orange Salad with Cilantro and Mint

Fragrant Orange Salad with Cilantro and Mint

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Sweet fruit and savory vegetables combine in this vibrant salad.

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