|Dried peppermint leaves|
Mints can also handle being indoors on a window sill. As long as they have some sunlight, you'll be able to get some delicious fresh leaves to use as tea or to add to some desserts. You can always transplant them in the spring (after frost) outside.
Thinking about buying a plant next year? First see if you have a friend who may grow it. I didn't buy either of my plants. I got one from my sister-in-law who lives four hours away. Once I smelled the plant, I knew I wanted one too. So, I cut some branches and wrapped them in damp paper towel and put them in a baggie. When we got home, I put the cuttings in some water until they rooted and then planted them. You can see the results in the first three peppermint pictures above. The chocolate mint came from a friend's herb garden from their tea house. Lovely...
|Vanilla Mint Medley Blend|
Since it's the holiday season, here's a delicious tea blend that everyone will enjoy. It's so simple and if you package up some and put it in a vintage tin; it'll be a great stocking stuffer.
I made a blend of Vanilla Black Tea, Pure Peppermint, and Chocolate Mint. Simply use 2 parts of black tea to 1 part of mint. (1 part means 1 tsp or 1 cup. It's only a ratio to measure your tea with...one teaspoon of peppermint to 2 tsp of vanilla tea.) This way the mint won't be too overpowering for the tea. Not only is the peppermint good for your body, the black tea has its own health benefits as well. After all, I drink tea not only as medicine, but because it tastes so good. This tastes pretty close to a peppermint patty in a cup, so you, your friends and family will love it!