Scents of Summer; Mint
July 29, 2014 8 Comments
Probably one of the more popular scents (and herbs) is mint. There are a multitude of mint types but the most popular are, peppermint, spearmint and chocolate mint. While it is considered an herb, it grows like a weed and will spread like crazy and impossible to get rid of once it takes root, so if you plant some, make sure it’s in a place that will allow it to spread as much as it wants.
Varieties of mint;
The most common use for mint is as an herbal tea. You can use fresh or dried, either way is good. You can put mint in salads, in the water for steamed veggies, add some to home-made salad dressing, or freeze them in ice cubes.
In Greek mythology, the nymph Menthe captivated Pluto with her beauty. Understandably, Pluto’s wife didn’t approve and turned Menthe into a plant of little interest. Unable to reverse his wife’s spell, Pluto tried to make the punishment less cruel by giving Menthe a fresh scent and sweet flavor no one could resist. Today, although scorned by some for its rambunctious growth – so rambunctious, in fact, you may need to contain it – most gardeners find a place in their herb garden for this flavorful perennial.