Today was a good day to harvest some fresh mints in my little herb garden. Among my favorite plants are Peppermint, Spearmint and Lemon Balm. All are good to make teas or cook with. Here is a summer recipe I love: Lemon Balm and Mint Potatoes
1 dozen small potatoes, scrubbed clean, 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh mint of your choice, 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh lemon balm, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 to 2 crushed garlic cloves. Boil your potatoes till firm, then set them aside to cool. Combine all the other ingredients and pour over the cold potatoes. Chill for 1 hour.
Teas are super easy: 1 cup lemon balm leaves, 1 cup spearmint, leaves. Optional add to's:
* a couple tablespoons orange peel (grated)
* 1/4 tablespoon clove
Pour 1-1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over all...steep for a few minutes and strain. Add honey or not, and sip slowly! These mints all make great 'natural' bug repellents too. Just make an infusion and keep in a spray bottle in the fridge. Yes, the mint repellent needs to be applied more often than it's chemical counterparts, but they're safer to use.
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