Hope Picking Mint Leaves
We drink a lot of mint tea. It is our staple. As good as lemonade but a heck of a lot less expensive as lemon juice has gotten so costly. In the summer we drink mint tea ice cold. In the winter we drink mint tea hot to warm ourselves, chilly hands wrapped around the mug. A thermos brought out to those working is ever so appreciated.
We pick mint by snipping the plants above the lower set of leaves in August. It grows back bushier and we harvest again in September. The plants are bundled and dried for a few weeks before being stripped. The leaves will go into one gallon glass jars to be stored for the year. About to to three jars last us through until next season.
Above Hope is picking the mint leaves off the steps. The leaves are what we use for making sweet mint tea. The stems impart a bitter flavor none of us like. Stripping the mint is a great task for little ones who want to help but can’t do big people tasks. Each to their ability and the day’s work gets done.
I’ve had commercial mint teas but they never taste as good. Maybe the leaves are older. Maybe they don’t strip out the bitter stems. I’m not sure what it is but I certainly do love our mint tea in the heat of summer and the cold days of winter, spring and fall.
Outdoors: 50°F/26°F Sunny
Farm House: 65°F/53°F
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/55°F