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Making Tea with Fresh Mint - how to?

burritobelle Jan 15, 2008 06:01 PM

I have an abundance of leftover fresh mint (not a plant) and want to make it into tea. Do I need to dry the leaves out or can I use them fresh?

If they need to be dried, what's the best method? Can I simply leave them on the counter until they dry out?

  1. pepper_mil Jan 15, 2008 06:51 PM

    You should be able to use them fresh. Look for a Morroccan mint tea recipe.

    1. vickib Jan 15, 2008 06:54 PM

      For iced tea, just take a few fresh leaves and put them into a pitcher with about 5 regular tea bags. Fill with boiling water, steep, and then remove the bags and leaves. Sweeten if you like, and pour over ice. Ahh. Refreshing.

      1. g
        glutton Jan 15, 2008 07:11 PM

        I put a bunch of leaves and stems in steamed milk and then I crush them with a wooden spoon. Then I remove the mint leaves and stems and serve the tea. All the essential oils will be released when you do that. However, I recommend putting the stems in there because they have a bunch of flavor.

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        1. re: glutton
          glutton Jan 16, 2008 06:52 AM

          To be clear, I am talking about fresh mint, not dried mint.

        2. s
          smartie Jan 15, 2008 07:52 PM

          pour boiling water over a handful of them. Add a teabag if you like, and sugar to taste. Known as nana in the middle east.

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          1. re: smartie
            rockycat Jan 16, 2008 05:21 AM

            I think "nana" is specifically spearmint, right? It goes great with green tea. For black tea I prefer a strong peppermint.

          2. b
            burritobelle Jan 15, 2008 07:56 PM

            a handful of fresh or dried? this is my big question!

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            1. re: burritobelle
              pootle Jan 16, 2008 09:11 AM

              I use fresh mint (not dried), pour on boiling water, leave 5 mins and that's it. Add sugar to taste if you like.

              You can also do a tea bag + mint if you prefer for a mint flavoured black tea. Again with fresh mint, not dried.

              1. re: pootle
                tasmonia Jan 16, 2008 12:13 PM

                When I was in Jordan, tea was often poured over fresh mint leaves (just put a sprig in each cup) or over fresh or dried sage leaves (same method). Apparently the sage is a Bedouin thing--tastes odd at first but grows on you. And the tea was ALWAYS completely saturated with sugar. If you ask for it without sugar they look at you funny.

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