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Monster Spearmint (& Call for Recipes)

The tip of the spearmint iceberg...
The tip of the spearmint iceberg…

Just 2 winters ago, I bought some mint at Whole Foods to use in a recipe. I had some left over, and it was particularly fresh & gorgeous. I thought, “Why not?” & stuck a little stem of it in my Aerogarden to see if I could root it. It looked like this:

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It was pretty happy there, even though it was in a room we keep quite cool in the winter. The next Spring, I planted it out by the front porch. After surviving the winter (what we had of one, anyway), it looked like this in the Spring:

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And here it is now! Mint is a very aggressive spreader, it’s really amazing. Especially since the soil there is heavy clay, it doesn’t get much sun, and we’re still 3″ rain down from our average. I don’t water it, I don’t tend it at all.

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It smells so nice when there’s a North breeze, and the honeybees really love it. .

I wanted to take advantage of all that yummy mint, so I decided to make Tandoori Grilled Chicken with Mint Raita. I went for stems that had no flowers, so as to avoid disturbing the bees. I pulled up this little bit (that’s a lime and a cuke on the right in the pic)…

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The tip of the iceberg…

…and got this!

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That’s all 1 piece! And it didn’t even make a dent in the monstermint.  I can’t even imagine what it’ll look like next year. I may regret planting it so close to the house, but at the time I couldn’t manage anything else. 

So, I could use some help here, please. What are your favorite mint recipes? Let me know in the comments!

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