Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spearmint Tea

Spearmint is a wonderful member of the mint family.  It tends to grow pretty aggressively here.  I keep mine in containers in the green house.  If planted in a flower bed, it usually takes over the entire space.  Spearmint needs to be cut back and divided frequently.  It makes a great tea that is tasty hot or cold.     

Spearmint Tea

Equal Parts Spearmint and Water

Cut spearmint back.  It can be cut all the way back to two leaves per stem.  Rinse spearmint, discarding any brown or damaged leaves. 

Fill a saucepan about three fourths full of water.  Place over high heat and bring water to a boil.  Turn off heat.  Do not boil the spearmint. 

Add about as much spearmint as the pan will hold.  The amount of spearmint in this picture looks like it would be too much, but it's not.  As the green leaves and stems come in contact with the hot water, they wilt and sink.  Use a spoon to press any stray spearmint leaves into the hot water.  Put a lid on the sauce pan and let the spearmint steep at least 10 minutes.  If you like it stronger, let it steep more than 10 minutes.

Some folks like to add sugar or honey.  Add what you like and share our joy!

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