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8 Wonderful Ways To Use Fresh Mint

Fresh mint is as versatile an herb as there is. It can flavour a glass of water, give lift to salads or lamb dishes, and serve as a natural medicine for stress or upset stomach. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to grow. Here are just a few things to do with your mint leaves.

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1. Add It In Unsuspecting Places

Peas and mint are a common pairing, but don’t stop there. Try adding finely chopped mint leaves as you cook carrots, potatoes, eggplant, beans, or corn, or try making this couscous with shrimp and mint recipe.

 

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2. Try A New Kind Of Pancakes

Try making minty zucchini-feta pancakes. Here’s how:

Shred a few zucchini, add mashed feta cheese, breadcrumbs, an egg, shallots, 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) chopped mint, and salt and pepper to taste. Shape into pancakes, dust with flour. Fry in a little olive oil. Is it brunch yet?

 

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3. Soothe An Upset Tummy

Do you have an upset tummy that won’t go away? Make a soothing, delicious, caffeine-free mint tea. Here’s how:

Put a handful of mint leaves in a cup and pour in boiling water. Steep for a few minutes; remove leaves with a strainer. Sweeten with honey.

 

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4. Make Pesto

Make your next pesto with mint instead of basil or parsley. It’s a terrific condiment on a roasted lamb sandwich, or toss with some pasta and shrimp.

 

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5. Make Mint Chocolate Frosting

Add finely minced mint to your next batch of chocolate frosting before slathering it on a cake or cupcakes. Garnish with mint leaves. Kids will love it!

 

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6. Make A Minty Drink

It’s cocktail hour! Try a Cojito. Make as you would a mojito but use white rum, coconut rum, lime juice and mint.

 

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7. Repel Insects

Want an environmentally friendly insect repellent? Rub mint leaves on you hands or scatter mint leaves outdoors. No more mosquitoes or ants!

 

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8. Discourage Mice

To discourage mice from hanging out in your home, put mint leaves in places where you see droppings. 

 

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