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Garden-to-table guide to mint

Tips for growing and caring for mint, plus our favorite recipes come harvest time

Homegrown mint
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Julie Chai

Homegrown mint

In the heat of summer, nothing refreshes like the cool flavor of just-picked mint. It’s perfect in iced tea, cocktails, and mixed into salads.

The most common mints are either a type of peppermint or spearmint. Peppermints contain menthol, so have a very strong flavor, and are often used to flavor dishes but aren’t actually eaten. Spearmints are sweeter and milder, and leaves can be mixed into dishes.


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