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!