The Refreshing Flavors of Mint Friday, April 11 2014
Cool, bright, green and refreshing, the smell and sight of mint instantly conjures up images of spring. This perennial herb is surprisingly versatile and a welcome addition to everything from chutney and pasta to ice cream and Moroccan tea.
While more than 30 mint herb varieties exist, peppermint and spearmint are the two most commonly used. Peppermint has a relatively stronger, slightly peppery taste that pairs well with chocolate and other sweets, while spearmint, with a cooler, more subtle taste, is great for savory cooking.
Mint plays nicely with a variety of other spices, including cardamom, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, lemongrass and sesame seed, among others. Plus, it complements fruits like mango and papaya, as well as meats like lamb. Often, you’ll see mint mixed with yogurt, as in mint raita, an Indian dish made with cucumber and yogurt, or Greek tzatziki sauce.
To add some life to your salad, grind dried mint with salt and add it to an olive oil and vinegar dressing. Or, melt the dried herb with butter and spread over corn on the cob.
In addition to tasting great, mint can be useful for soothing an irritated stomach and aiding in digestion.
Relax with a cup of Spicely Organics' Moroccan Mint Tea, or get creative in the kitchen with organic spearmint or organic peppermint. And don't forget that chocolate and mint are BFFs. Try Spicely's Organic Bedouin's Mint Dark Chocolate, with nanamint, peppermint, ginger and orange peel for a refreshing treat.