Tag: culinary mint

Bursting with Flavor! 6 Tips for Growing Your Own Herbs

I remember the first time I ate a salad with herbs in it. Amidst all of the typical lettucey (not really a word, but I am going for it anyway) flavors was something deeper yet familiar. Dill! And Italian parsley! OMG – There are herbs in this salad!! I would never look at a salad the same way again. Fresh mint and oregano and basil were itching to get into my salad bowl, so I went to the market and bought a bunch of those little plastic boxes of fresh herbs. Some TV chef said, snip the ends and put them in a glass of water in the refrigerator, so I did what I was told. I snipped off some mint and sprinkled on some watermelon, and then promptly forgot about the herbs.

A couple of days later, I wanted to use my fresh herb bundle in some chicken salad. I opened the fridge only to be disappointed. The herbs were now droopy and well, icky looking, and not so fresh. What a waste of $10! That’s when I decided to invest a bit of time into growing my own. Fresh herbs are one of the easiest edibles for the

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Jardesca Verde…What I’m Drinking this Week

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced to a lovely California aperitif called Jardesca. Its beautiful bottle and botanical notes of mint, orange blossom, apricots, and grapefruit make it the perfect aperitif to drink with friends in the garden before dinner to whet the appetite and get the party going.

Since mint is is the herb of the week, I wanted to find a cocktail that was refreshing, sophisticated, and fun. The Jardesca Verde fits the bill perfectly. It’s like all the best parts of a summer garden in a glass. I highly recommend seeking Jardesca out if you live in California or ordering online here if you don’t.

Cheers! Please sip responsibly.

Jardesca Verde

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Mint Everywhere!

So you’re a young river nymph, and Hades, the god of the underworld, takes a liking to you. You think he’s kind of hot, so you start a torrid affair with him. The thing is, he’s married to another nymph, Persephone, who’s now the goddess of the underworld and spring growth. She finds out, and decides to turn you into a plant that everyone will walk on. Your boyfriend can’t do anything to fix that, so he tries to make good (yea, right) by making you smell pretty. Every time someone walks all over you, they’ll remember you by your fresh and minty aroma.

Such is the sad story of Menthe, who became known as the herb mint. I love botanical myths, and I love mint. It’s probably one of the best know herbs and is used in a huge variety of products to flavor or scent everything from soap to toothpaste to chewing gum. Our breathe would certainly not smell as nice without mint. Mint has been used as an herbal medicine to calm upset stomachs, relieve headaches, and soothe itchy skin. As a culinary herb. mint has global appeal. It is a common cooking ingredient in the Middle

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