When I was a kid growing up in Jordan we had a leaky faucet in our garden, and because of that leaky faucet we had a runaway crop of mint in our yard.
I loved mint, and I still do.
I love to squeeze a leaf between my thumb and forefinger and smell the beautiful aroma, or put a leaf in my mouth and chew for a refreshing burst of flavor.
Mint is a lovely herb that can provide a wonderful addition of a unique flavor to food.
And all throughout the Spring and Summer, we had fresh, luscious, bright green mint thanks to the drips of water from our leaky faucet.
I learned to love mint tea!
- How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea
- How to Make Mint Tea
- Mint Tea Recipe
- How to Store Mint Leaves
- What is Mint Tea Good For?
- Where to Buy Mint Leaves?
How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea
Either pick or buy fresh mint leaves you can find and give them a good wash in water.
Dry them well and put them on a baking tray in a single layer.
Put them in an oven at 200ºF (95ºC) for 2 to 2½ hours until they are completely dried out.
Another method I use is, after washing and drying, I put the mint in a single layer on newspaper and leave to dry.
This can take a couple of days and will require you to keep turning the mint so that it dries uniformly.
I kind of like this natural method, but either way will do!
How to Make Mint Tea
There are few things as refreshing as a nice cup of hot fresh mint tea, or mint iced tea for that matter.
In this post I’m going to share with you how to make a lovely cup of tea.
Mint tea can be as simple as taking fresh mint leaves still on the stalk and putting them in a teapot, pouring hot water in the pot, letting steep for a few minutes.
Pour the tea into a cup, and sweeten if desired, enjoy your herbal tea.
The other way is to use dried crushed mint leaves which will give you a stronger flavor of mint, and is how it comes in tea bags.
You can put the dried mint directly into a teapot and pour hot water onto the dried crushed leaves, using a sieve when pouring the tea into your cup.
Or you can put a sieve with dried mint in it on you cup and pour hot water through the sieve into your cup and allowing the sieve to sit in the water in your cup.
A French press is another good way to make your Moroccan Mint Tea.
Some people will make a regular cup of tea and add mint to the tea leaves to have an alternative to hot mint tea.
I like to drink green tea which is one of the varieties of mint tea that is available on the market.
Other flavors are things like orange mint, or chocolate mint peppermint teas.
The most important thing to remember when making tea is that you are using boiling water, and that you are serving hot tea.
Unless of course it is iced tea!
Mint Tea Recipe
Fresh Mint Tea
- Place mint into a teapot.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Pour water into teapot.
- Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Add lemon slices or sweeteners if desired.
Nutrition Per Serving
How to Store Mint Leaves
Fresh mint will last 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator when stored properly.
The best way to store them is to place the leaves on a damp paper towel and roll it up, place in a plastic bad but do not close the bag as you need the airflow.
Make sure the paper towel is not too wet since too much moisture will make the mint leaves go bad.
You can also freeze mint leaves by placing them in an ice tray and adding water and freezing.
What is Mint Tea Good For?
Mint tea is a good digestive, and one of the reasons that it is often served after a meal.
It is caffeine free, and a good way to have something hot to drink in the evening and not worry about insomnia.
Mint tea can also soothe an upset stomach by helping to relax the muscles so as to alleviate cramping.
Mint has antibacterial properties that help reduce and eliminate bad breath by eliminating the germs in the mouth causing the bad breath.
Mint tea can help build up your immunity which can help ward off the common cold.
Peppermint tea has antispasmodic components that will reduce nausea, and help prevent vomiting.
In Ayurveda mint tea is used to reduce stress thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, that will also lower your temperature, and blood pressure making it easier to relax.
It can even help give you healthy skin and hair!
Where to Buy Mint Leaves
You can buy mint leaves at most grocery stores.
My favorite place to buy mint leaves are at local farmers markets.
When buying mint leaves, make sure the leaves look bright and not wilted.