When I think of mint I have mixed feelings. As I mentioned in a previous post, it can be a bear in the garden. I almost feel a sense of anxiety when I see some one purchase this harmless looking herb. That little 4″ pot of mint could take over a garden quickly, and how! Sometimes, one may not even realize that they have purchased mint and wonder why it is spreading every where to kingdom come. For example, I know a lady who loved to garden and one day decided to give lemon balm a try. When you rubbed the leaves, it smelled lemony and delicious. She even found an intriguing recipe for lemon balm cheesecake! It seemed she was destine to have the plant. So she happily bought the lemon balm and was thrilled to see how well it grew, and grew, and grew! Soon it was popping up everywhere. It hadn’t even made a good cheesecake, too savory. She decided to pull it out and six years later she still finds it growing in unusual places, little did she know that lemon balm if you hadn’t guessed already was in the mint family. On the other hand, I think it is pretty safe to keep in a pot or an area of your garden where it couldn’t possible spread elsewhere. Did you know there are 6, 700 species of mint?!? Twenty to thirty of them grow in temperate regions. Among my favorites are mojito, chocolate, pineapple, apple mint, peppermint to name a few. Pineapple mint smells strongly of , as you may guess, pineapple! The smell is so exact it is amazing. Chocolate mint tastes lovely in a glass of sun-brewed tea. Mint is great for cooking with too. I just had a delicious spring roll with meat, and some other veggies with mint. It was a surprising and lovely combination. Mint is very popular in many different ethnic dishes as well. So you can understand why mint is such a conundrum? I think my final ruling is to place it carefully, it would be a shame to avoid it entirely, and after all you only live once!
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