Skip to main content

Mint- Friday Foods

Hi Friends,

Today we are talking about harvesting and using Mint. Yes, it is invasive and not grown by some people (who call it a weed), but there are many uses for Mint. I harvest the areal parts of plant, dry the root for teas, eat the leaves in salads, and use fresh leaves in drinks as well as cooking. You can also make mint jelly that is most often served with Lamb or Wild Game. The dried mint is used in my herbal meds, potpourri, hung in bunches around the house for pest control. I love using mint as a ground cover under trees in the yard. They are extremely fragrant and deter bugs. I have mint in with my strawberries, which improves vigor and vitality of the plants.


  • Botanical Name: 


    Plant Type: 


    Sun Exposure: 

    Full Sun/Part Shade

    Soil Type: 

    Well drained/loamy  

  • Mints have been long used for their herbal and medicinal qualities for several thousand years . 
  • And would you believe the estimation of mint varieties is over 600 in the world today? 
  • The mint leaves(stems & roots) are only 5 calories for 2 Tablespoons and are full of  manganese5%, copper3%, vitamin C3%, according to Worlds Healthiest Foods
  • They are healing and cleansing to the body.

    One can eat the fresh Mints in salads, chew it for fresh breath, put it in drinks like hot and cold teas. Mint teas have been used by the Native Americans for it's healing properties. A Hot Tea of Mint leaves has been enjoyed throughout the world. Mint has been used for it's aromatic fragrance since ancient times, in temples, as air fresheners, and as perfume.

     I like a cold glass of water with Lemon and Mint.  "The taste of both peppermint and spearmint bear a flavor that can be described as a cross between pepper and chlorophyll, with peppermint being a bit stronger and spearmint being a little more cool and subtle." from whfoods.

    Common Mint Species that I am familiar growing.

    • Mentha canadensis – American wild mint
    • Mentha cervina – Hart's pennyroyal
    • Mentha citrata – bergamot mint, orange mint 
    • Mentha piperita – peppermint
    • Mentha sachalinensis – garden mint 
    • Mentha suaveolens – apple mint, pineapple mint

      Selected hybrids

    •   Mentha × piperita (M. aquatica × M. spicata) – peppermint, chocolate mint
    • Mentha × villosa (M. spicata × M. suaveolens also called M. nemorosa) – large apple mint, foxtail mint, hairy mint, woolly mint, Cuban mint, mojito mint, and yerba buena in Cuba
    • Mentha × villosonervata (M. longifolia × M. spicata) – sharp-toothed mint
    • (the above links are to +Wickipedia )

    I did find that growing Wintergreen can be difficult. It is a tender mint, so I grow it in a shady garden. Like all mints, it is a perennial plant and can get invasive if not tended.

    Here are a few resources:

  • Wickipedia
  • I do hope you try something new today! (I am not an MD. or a Nutritionist. I don't claim to be.)




Popular posts from this blog

Happy Birthday Minion Style!

A Happy Birthday Matt!! Some of your friends dropped by to Celebrate with you!

 I know these little Minion guys are so popular, but they took the time out of their busy and crazy day to wish you a
"Happy Birthday"!

Happy Birthday to you,  Happy Birthday to you,  Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Matt. Happy Birthday to you!!!  And Minion More!!

2nd Minion Happy Birthday Hubby

Happy Birthday to YOU my Hubby! As I told you last year on your Birthday, I wished you a Minion More!

And here they all are Wishing YOU A Very Happy Birthday Today!

They sing and dance for you today on your special day!

They Wish YOU the Best Birthday EVER!!!

Hi There Hubby!

Prayers for Healing Update

Prayers for Healing (Prayers for Healing UPDATES) Hello Dear Ones,

When a believing person prays, great things happen. (James 5:16b NCV)
I've been giving thought to how to go about our prayer chain. I have decided to do an ongoing prayer post with updates and with Praises as they come in!

If you would like to be on this list, or if you would like me to post a prayer for you, please just let me know in the comments below in the Subject line put "Prayer Request", add the first name and last initial, prayer request and I will add it asap. I remove the info from the comments, so you will not see it below, but on this list here when I am done.

It has been said to me many times that, " if we don't know what to pray for, be it huge or small, we don't recieve the blessing that prayer will give the person who needs the prayer and the person praying". Please keep posing the prayer requests. All personal information is kept private.

We pray to you Lord Jesus Christ to…