Showing posts with label strawberries with mint-lime syrup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label strawberries with mint-lime syrup. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I MINT what I said...

...and I said what I MINT!

It started at a plant sale at the
Desert Botanical Garden five years
ago. I bought a cute little sprig of
mint in a small pot, a bay leaf plant
that is now a tree (another story),
and a rosemary sprig that is a nice
plump bush (the only
herb to behave thus far).
For now, we'll discuss the mint.

When I bought it, no one MINTioned
that it would take on the attributes of
an invasive weed. I now have a patch
of mint that is roughly 3 feet by 5 feet
and a favorite spot for my schnauzer
Otto to rest. I don't mind as he smells
quite nice afterwards, however, the
mint is out of control and slowly
crowding out my raspberries!

Crop management is required and the only way to do it is
to find uses for fresh mint -- other than making the dog smell

So here is a bunch of recipes for any of you who are also being
invaded by mint!

We'll start with a lovely and
refreshing sun tea with mint.
I used a one quart glass pitcher
with three Irish Breakfast
tea bags and three mint sprigs.
It is sitting out in front of my
pomegranate (another great
story). Because I'm in AZ, and
it's going to be 102 today, I'll
let it sit for 2-3 hours.



And here is another yummy one for summer:

Sliced Strawberries with Mint-Lime Syrup:

In a bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup
chopped fresh mint, 1/4 cup lime
juice and 1 tablespoon sugar. Wash
and quarter a container of strawberries.
Pour syrup over berries and garnish with
a mint sprig. This can be made up to four
hours ahead and refrigerated until it's
time to serve.

And here is one more just to round out it out to three.

Mint Scented Sugar:

Place a sprig or two of mint (clean and dry) in a jar and fill
with sugar. Put on the lid and place in a cool dry place for 1-2
weeks. When done, strain sugar and ta da you have mint
scented sugar, This is great for decorating cakes (or cupcakes)
and cookies or putting in a hot cup of tea!

Thanks for humoring me as I'm going a bit MINTal. Ha! What? You
thought I was done? Never!

Oh, and just so you know, yes, I have unloaded mint on my neighbors
and friends for their mojitos and juleps, because you just can't go wrong
with either of those when the mercury rises! So, does anyone else have
any great ideas for fresh mint? Please share!



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Here is the link to Avery’s website to help get you started.