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Growing and Using Fresh Mint

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Are you looking for great recipes with fresh mint? Here, Gertens offers some tried and true suggestions for growing and using fresh mint.

How to Grow:
Plant in a sunny location - 6 hours minimum of sun. Don't fertilize, keep soil moist. Mint likes water! Stand back. It's going to grow like crazy.

Mint

How to Use:
Pinch the newest leaves/stems for the freshest flavor. One-third of the plant must remain for vigor. Harvest in the morning.

How to Enjoy:

Eat: Nigella's Lamb:
Roast lamb or beef shoulder until falling apart. (5 ½ lbs for 5 hours at 325º). Let rest for 10 minutes. Shred with 2 forks. Salt to taste. Finely chop one handful of mint leaves, add to shreaded meat. Halve 1 Pomegranate. Whack 1st half with a wooden spoon to dislodge seeds. Juice the other half (just squeeze over meat). Toss together and serve.

Drink: Erik's Mojito:
Sprinkle one tbsp sugar over 3 mint sprigs in the bottom of a glass. Bruise - add ice. Add 4 oz. of vodka, 2 oz grapefruit juice and a splash of tonic, stir. Garnish with lime and mint.