How to Harvest Mint, Dry Mint, and Store Mint

Harvesting Mint Harvest mint in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated. Use sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut stems just above a leaf node, ensuring the plant continues to grow.

Ideal Time for Harvest Harvest mint when the plant reaches about 6-8 inches tall. This is usually in late spring or early summer before it flowers, ensuring the best flavor and potency.

Washing Mint After harvesting, rinse the mint leaves gently under cool running water to remove dirt and insects. Shake off excess water and pat the leaves dry with a clean towel or paper towel.

Drying Methods: Air Drying Bundle the mint stems together and hang them upside down in a dark, well-ventilated area. Allow the mint to dry for 1-2 weeks, until the leaves are crumbly to the touch.

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Drying Methods: Oven Drying Spread mint leaves on a baking sheet and dry them in an oven set to the lowest temperature (around 180°F or 80°C).

Storing Dried Mint Once dried, remove the leaves from the stems and store them in an airtight container, away from light and heat. Label the container with the date to keep track of freshness.

Using Stored Mint Dried mint can be used in teas, cooking, or as a garnish. Crush the leaves between your fingers to release their aroma before use. Properly stored, dried mint retains its flavor for up to a year.

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