Garden-to-table guide to mint
Tips for growing and caring for mint, plus our favorite recipes come harvest time
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.
Watering. Water regularly, keeping soil moist but not soggy.
More: Learn about growing mint
Divide plants when they start to outgrow their pots, about once a year. Dump the entire plant out, cut it into sections with a sharp knife or shovel, then replant the sections in fresh soil. You can give away the extra plants to friends.
The classic Cuban libation is the perfect study in fresh mint used in a cocktail. We like to make a pitcher of these in the summer just as guests are about to arrive.
Recipe: Chocolate Mint Pots de Crème