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Fresh Spearmint harvested

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Fresh mint from my garden

Last Christmas I gave all my close friends my harvested mint for tea and other uses. To make the tea my process in more than drying the leaves. Here these will be used for sachets, etc. For tea, I pick the best leaves, wash them then pat them dry before I add them to the dehydrator. There they process drying for about 5 hours or so. After that I carefully remove the leaves from the stems. Then they must be processed in a food processor to crush them into tea leaves. After that I place them into containers or plastic bags to store. They make great tea!

The lesser leaves I dry as shown. Once they are dry I again remove them from the stems. I will then process them but not as much. These then can be used for sachets, pillows, etc for their scent. This little hobby is fun and very enjoyable. And the harvesting gives me exercise!

I had a friend over for the Fourth of July and she remarked how much she enjoyed my tea and how she could not find anything at the stores like it. So I will definitely be giving her more this Christmas.

I hope every one has had a great Holiday! and you have an enjoyable weekend!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INFLATED 7/20/2013 4:30AM

    This sounds good. I am the only one that likes hot tea here.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/8/2013 10:27AM

    that is really a lovely gift... from your heart and your hands! I don't grow things well, but last year I did make homemade Limoncello for gifts. Not quite as soothing as tea, but seemed to be well received!

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WIGIME 7/7/2013 4:44AM

    Hmmm, this might be something I can add to my soap. I do have a dehydrator. I'll have to see...

Good idea!

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MONTANAWALKER 7/7/2013 12:03AM

    Great idea. I have lots and lots of spearmint. I planted it, knowing it's an invasive but has worked so well to keep weeds out of my perennial beds and I love the smell mowing over the stuff that's out into the grass and when the dogs brush against it. I've only used it fresh in fruit salads and iced tea...never gave it much thought. I will definitely try drying the good leaves for tea...although will try in in the oven since I do not own a dehydrator.

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0309COOKIE 7/6/2013 7:26PM

    What an interesting blog. Thanks for sharing that info.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/6/2013 10:35AM

    Thanks for sharing how to make tea. I love mint and plan to plant some. You motivated me to get it done.

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