Ocimum basilicum, Sweet basil
Mint is an aromatic herb with a variety of uses that has been cultivated for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.
Hardy perennial, pretty purple/lilac flowers borne in Spring. Leaves are bright green in color and crinkled with a slightly frilly serrated edge. Flavour is very similar to Spearmint, so good in most culinary dishes. Use in sauces for meats and desserts, with yogurt, add to vegetables, curries, salads, rice, chickpea, couscous and bean dishes.
Water mint, Curly mint, Japanese mint, Ginger mint, Buddleia mint, Peppermint, Chocolate mint,Lemon mint, Spearmint Apple mint and Moroccan mint to name a few.
Mint has been cultivated for its medicinal properties since ancient times and has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1000 BC. The Japanese have been growing it to obtain Menthol for at least 2000 years. The Roman brought it with them as they marched through Europe and into Britain, from where it found its way to America with the settlers.
Nutrition and health benefits
Peppermint is aromatic, calmative, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti – parasitic and is also a stimulant. Mint is particularly useful for nervous headaches and as a way to increase concentration.
How to use Mint
Use in sauces for meats and desserts, with yogurt, add to vegetables, curries, in tea, salads, rice, chickpea, couscous and bean dishes. Rinse and use the leaves as required – whole or chopped.
Please keep refrigerated. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Rinse before use.
Serves 2 Ingredients 100g plain dark chocolate 2 eggs, separated 1 teaspoon instant good quality coffee 1 teaspoon freshly chopped mint, either Moroccan, Spearmint or Curly. Whipped cream for decoration 4 whole mint leaves Directions Melt chocolate in the microwave or double saucepan. When smooth and liquid remove from heat and add beaten egg yolks to chocolate while its still …
Serves 2 Ingredients 2 to 2 1/2 cups cooked couscous 6 spring onions, chopped 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 cup cucumber, chopped 1/2 cup chickpeas pre-cooked or canned 1/2 cup chopped dried figs 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint 3/4 cup olive oil 1/3 cup lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp ground coriander 3/4 …