Canadians typically use fresh herbs as garnishes or flavour accents. I have increased the amounts I use in many recipes to eat fresh, local and get greater nutritional and medicinal affects of the herb. Mint leaves can be part of the salad and not just the garnish!
I like to pick a soup size bowl of fresh mint and wash it a couple of times in cold water to remove the dirt. Drain, cover and keep in the fridge for easy access. It will stay fresh for a few days.
MEDICINAL USES are due to the menthol which helps digestions, soothes hiccups and intestinal cramps while tasting wonderful too. If you suffer from acid reflux you may have to avoid mint as it relaxes the sphincter at the top of the stomach and can make it easier for stomach acids to leak up into the esophagus giving "heart burn" symptoms.
|Minty fruit salad|
|Mint magic vinaigrette|
|Mint mojito mumbo|