On my walk today, I scored some mint that was growing next to a small creek. I have no idea what kind it was, nor do I really care, to be honest. I probably should, but I don’t. How’s that for honest? 😉 It’s some kind of Mentha. I’m about as likely to mistake it for something else as you are to mistake an orange or a banana for a zucchini. Mint is mint. All true Mentha anyway, and all of them are potential teas.
I’m the guy that learned all of my plants growing up as the common names, and who has had to insert latin names in my adulthood. So, effectively, I’m learning everything I already know, all over again. Oh the fun.
It’s the same kind of mint that’s been growing there for 30 years, and the same kind of mint that’s in my garden. But the bonus to this was I didn’t have to mess with or cull any of my own plants to get this mint.
Now, tonight I did something I’d never done before. I picked a few sprigs of it and steeped it FRESH in hot water. Not boiling, but hot water for about 10 minutes with a lid on. (I just put a cutting board over the cup.)
The result was amazing. Now I’ve had mint tea before, many, many times. All kinds and brands, and even mint tea from dried mint leaves. Some are good, some are OK, and some are pretty tasty.
But I’d never steeped the herb fresh before, believe it or not.
And let me tell you… it was like angels parted the clouds and started singing the praises of Mentha. It was so good, I don’t even have words for how good it was. Yea. It was that good.
Try it yourself and see!
Also, whilst ye are at it, how about learning something about wild plants?
Go to ‘Green’ Deane Jordan’s forum, Eat The Weeds: http://eattheweeds.com/forum/index.php
And don’t let the word ‘Green’ in front of his name throw ye off. He’s not a liberal fluffybunny. He’s really and honestly and truly ‘Green’, as in actually sustainable, and is NOT a fan of the ‘green agenda’ horsepucky.
I consider him a good friend, even though we’ve never met in person, as he lives in FL, and I live in PA. (Ah, the wonder and power of the internet, where we can meet quality folks the world over!)
I’ve learned a lot from this guy, and you can too.
I’m a Sr. Member on that forum, and post as “Janos”. If you have an interest in edible wild plants, come give us a visit and say hello.
You can also take a look at his youtube channel. Last I checked he has something like 136 videos on edible plants and other awesome stuff.
Also be sure to visit his main site,where he has over 1000 plant profiles for your perusal.