Let’s bring the refreshing flavor of mint into the kitchen this summer. Too often, fresh mint is overlooked as a starring ingredient and is instead allocated to the role of decorative garnish or a partner to chocolate or fruit in desserts. With its distinctive flavor profile and heady aroma, mint is the perfect herb to incorporate into a variety of fresh, summery dishes.
Grown on all continents except Antarctica, mint is a great addition to any garden or windowsill. Most mint varieties used for culinary purposes are fast growing and thrive in full sun or partial shade with a moist but well-drained soil.
It’s important to note, if you’re thinking of growing mint, that it tends to spread quickly, so either plant in a spot where it’s a benefit (not a drawback) or keep mint plants in containers to control their growth. No matter how you plant it, picking and trimming regularly will ensure plenty of new growth throughout the summer months.
Healthwise, mint is perhaps most popularly known to aid in the relief of digestive issues, such as an upset stomach. Fresh mint has healthy amounts of nutrients including vitamin A and antioxidants.
Read on for inspiration and then run, don’t walk, to grab your nearest bunch of mint and whip up some delicious fresh mint dishes today.