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In Season: Mint

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Ancient Greeks rubbed mint on their tables as a sign of hospitality and mint tea has long been served in the Middle East to welcome guests. For me, the small, bright green leaves of the mint plant welcome warm weather and a new season of cooking. Full of cooling menthol, mint is the perfect refreshing herb to accompany simply grilled meats and vegetables. Of course, mint is more than a garnish: it has vitamins A and C as well as trace minerals. This aromatic herb has been shown to sooth the stomach and ease breathing.

When buying mint, look for leaves that don't have bruised or brown spots. To store fresh mint, wrap it in a lightly damp paper towel and seal it in a ziplock bag. It will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.

Recipes

Tortellini with Yogurt, Mint, and Smoked Paprika Oil
Proven├žal Calamari Salad with Tarragon and Mint
Sardines with Lemon and Mint Salsa
Pea Tortilla with Mint and Yogurt
Grilled Artichokes with Mint and Chilies
Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca
Mint Meltaways
Marvelous Mint Ice Cream

What's your favorite way to use mint?

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