Ahhhh....mint! It's so...how you say....minty? Yes, it's mighty minty!
It's March here in the Eastern United States and the weather has been unusually warm -- this week we've had temperatures soaring to the 70s and 80s. Shocking, yes, but I am so excited about what's happening in our garden.
We're not big fruit-vegetable-herb gardeners, but we have mint, rosemary, and lavender. The early-summer like temperatures have forced many plants to life, and the mint is no exception.
|New mint in March|
One of my favorite mint-related foods is mint-and-coriander chutney. I've never made this myself but boy is it delicious with all sorts of Indian food (samosas anyone?). I also love taking about 10-20 mint leaves and steeping them in hot water -- voila! -- mint tea, a perfect after-dinner digestive. I also learned a few years ago that mint is a natural remedy for headaches -- it works, I swear.
If you're looking for a herb that will grow in abundance, plant some mint. It will grow and spread each year, sometimes with the virility of bamboo. We planted the mint three years ago under a silver maple tree that is more than 60 years old, and there is nothing better than garden-fresh mint leaves in your tea or mojito.
Here are some photos of the mint plant in our
garden, sprouting unusually early in March. Enjoy, and happy eating (and sipping)!