HEIRLOOM. Using fresh Peppermint and other herbs and spices in cooking can help a person add flavor while reducing their sodium and sugar intake.
Peppermint is a calming herb that people have used for thousands of years to help soothe an upset stomach or indigestion. Peppermint is relatively easy to grow, and people can cultivate it at home, making it a sustainable way to add flavor to meals.
Peppermint belongs in a contained area as it is an aggressive plant grown elsewhere.
When preparing Peppermint, use a sharp knife and cut gently. Using a dull knife or over-chopping will bruise the herb and lead to a loss of flavor on the cutting board surface.
Middle Eastern cuisines, such as lamb, soups, and vegetable salads often contain mint for flavor.
Other ideas include:
Making a mint limeade by mixing lime juice with sugar or stevia and muddled mint leaves. Top it off with filtered water and ice cubes.
Incorporating mint into a fresh fruit salsa with chopped apples, pear, lemon or lime juice, jalapeno, and honey. Serve with cinnamon pita chips or on top of baked chicken.
• Jazzing up your water by adding mint leaves and cucumber for a refreshing treat.
• Adding a few chopped mint leaves to your next chocolate chip cookie dough.
• Pouring hot water over mint leaves and steeping for 5-6 minutes for homemade mint tea. Try using chocolate mint leaves for a twist.
• Chopping mint and tossing with fresh pineapple for a quick snack.