Recipe ingredient: Mint
4 things you may not know about mint
For hundreds of years, mint leaves were tossed on floors to freshen the air.
Mint leaves can be frozen for a frosted effect, great in chilled soups and fresh salads.
Mint makes a great companion plant to roses and raspberries.
In ancient Greece, mint was specially designated to perfume the arms.
2 types of mint to try
Use pineapple mint to liven up spring drinks.
Try chocolate mint in desserts of nearly every description.
1 thing to remember at the grocery store
Look for bright green leaves with no signs of bruising, and choose bundles with crisp-looking, not wilted or brown, stems.
1 tip you can't live without
Mint will grow almost anywhere, and is a great container herb. Cultivate your own, and harvest only young leaves, as older ones can be slightly bitter.
2 ways to take mint out of the kitchen
Try a mint body scrub, such as The Body Shop's Peppermint Salt Scrub, to exfoliate and stimulate.
Mint is a symbol of hospitality, so add a bud vase filled with fresh mint sprigs to your guest room. Crush a couple of leaves into the vase before adding the bouquet to further release the scent.