Mint

What is it?

Also known as mentha, is a genus of plants in the family Lamiaceae (mint family). An aromatic plant native to temperate regions of the Old World, several kinds of which are used as culinary herbs. 

Flavour profile

Refreshing with a sweet, mellow flavour and accompanied by a cooling sensation.

What does it pair well with?

Jellies, fruit juices, candies, frosting, cakes, pies, pork, potatoes, peas and chocolate.

Nutritional facts

The fiber in mint leaves helps to reduce cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of obesity. There is a considerable amount of vitamin A, high in iron, and manganese.

Ratio for converting fresh herbs to dried herbs

1 tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dried

How to store

Fill a glass with cool water, trim the ends of the stems, and then place the bunch in the glass.

History

In classical times mint was hung in door ways to freshen air, rubbed on tables before large dinner parties to increase appetite and in biblical times was strewn across the floor to provide a fresh and clean smell when walked on.

Recipes