Mint is a fresh, cooling herb that adds vitality to a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Varieties: The two most common varieties of mint are peppermint and spearmint. Peppermint has bright green leaves, purple-tinged stems and an intense peppery flavour. Spearmint has grayish green leaves, and provides a milder, sweet mint flavour.
Other varieties include pineapple mint, chocolate mint, apple mint and ginger mint, but they may not be available in grocery stores.
To prepare fresh mint, rinse under cold water and gently pat dry. Pick the leaves off the stem, and discard the stems. To chop mint, stack the leaves on top of each other and cut them into thin strips. Mint can also be crushed between your fingers, or in a mortar and pestle, to release its flavourful oils.
Fresh mint adds an unexpected burst of effervescent flavour to sweet garden peas. Why not give it a try to elevate this simple side dish?
According to the Canadian Nutrient File, nutritional value per 8 grams of fresh mint using the daily recommended intake from Health Canada: 4% of Vitamin C, 5% of Vitamin A, 5% of folate and 3% of iron.