One of my favorite herbs to grow is mint. Its distinctive and delicately textured leaves make me think of yummy mojitos, elegant ice teas, and pretty garnishes for a variety of foods. This summer, I bought one Bonnie pot of mint, and mint I grew!
They say mint grow like weeds. Chop them down to the roots and they grow right back. They even go where no one will follow. For mint, if there's a will, there's a way!
Because they grew and grew, I cut them and dried them, hoping to make mint tea in the colder weather. After about three or four batches, I had a good container full of dried mint leaves. Today, I made myself mint tea from my own garden for the very first time!
To dry mint, harvest mint stems--when they are just about to flower--cut to all about the same length and wash well. Bundle them with a rubber band and hang them upside down in a cool dark place for two weeks. Then store the dried leaves in an airtight container away from sunlight. Drying and keeping them as whole leaves help to better keep its aromatic oils.
When ready to make tea, first separate the leaves from the stems. Then crush the leaves with your fingers and place them in a tea bag or a tea strainer. Seep for about five minutes and enjoy! Mint tea is caffeine-free, refreshing, and great on a chilly winter night.