Sunday 27 August 2017
Getting All Minty
I love growing herbs and one of my favorites is mint,
There are loads and loads of different variety's and I love them all, my interest in mint started when I had a delicious mint tea in Egypt
I was doing a charity bike ride along the Nile 250miles in 5 days, that was 14 years ago, anyway after my return I was seeking out this mint tea and several years later I stumbled across a recipe on a blog, and have made it ever since and it always takes me back to that time in Egypt.
I pick 50g of a selection of mint, this batch is made up of chewing gum mint and garden mint
The secret of Egyptian mint tea is Black Gunpowder loose tea
strange looking isnt it, 1tbs needed
the tea and 50g of sugar is added to 1lt of boiling water and simmered for 5 mins
then you add the mint leaves keeping them submerged simmer for a further 1 min, then cover and let it stew for 5 mins
strain and enjoy, I keep the rest in a thermos jug so I can enjoy it throughout the day, sometimes I enjoy it cold.
In the back garden I have a few mints growing in the herb bed, I do thin them out to stop them taking over,
Here is a video showing who else enjoys the mint.
As well as those is the back garden I have another collection of mint that is waiting to be planted out, some I have bought, some I have grown from cuttings that were given to me by friends.
This video is my mint collection.
To date I have 23 variety's of mint and the collection continues to grow.