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Using & Harvesting Mint
#99898 December 27th, 2006 at 11:29 PM
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Hi all,
I'm currently renting the place I'm living it and found a whole heap of mint everwhere. I think it may be spearmint, but I'm not too sure.

Question is ... how/when do I harvest it, and what can I do with it?

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#99899 December 27th, 2006 at 11:49 PM
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Hello! I harvest my mint throughout the growing season. Others may have a more professional method, but I just cut stems and hang them to dry in my kitchen. Then I cut the leaves off and store them in a jar. Mostly, I use it in tea (iced and hot). Lately I have been combining applemint with lemon balm and it's so good! Enjoy!

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#99900 December 28th, 2006 at 12:00 AM
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I just pinch off leaves as I need them.
but my growing season for my wild mints is short..
They do tend to bush and branch out and even do better pinched as it encourages' new growth..

I do know several member's grow and dry herbs..
So, stick around, I know you'll end up with more replies...

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#99901 December 31st, 2006 at 10:25 PM
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I made my first batch of mint jelly this year. Yummy. It requires 2 cups of mint for 3 12 oz jars so you need bunches but it is good. You can also put mint sprigs in ice cube containers and then fill with water and freeze for ice cubes that add something extra to a cool drink.

I recently received some chocolate mint and can't wait until I have enough to make chocolate mint jelly. That's going to be stupendous I hope.

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#99902 January 2nd, 2007 at 10:06 PM
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Thanks for your replies.

I heard that tearing the leaf is better than actually cutting the leaf with scissors or a knife ... is that true?

Also, hoe do you all dry mint?

Cheers

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#99903 January 28th, 2007 at 02:28 AM
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GD, the reasoning behind that is that when cutting with a knife, you're leaving both flavor and fragrance on the knife.
The same with basil.
I can't say that I've ever noticed any huge difference.
Who knows... wink


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