Add mint to your edible landscape — don’t fear it, but embrace its varieties and medicinal properties. Here’s a guide to growing mint, plus a mint tea recipe and mint wine recipe.
In “Eat Your Yard! Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape,” author Nan K. Chase shares her first-hand experience with gardening, landscaping ideas and special culinary uses for fruit trees. Recipes for edible garden plants include the crabapple and quince, nut trees, such as the chestnut and almond, and herbs and vines like the bay, grape, lavender, mint, and thyme. She instructs how to harvest pawpaw, persimmon, and other wildflowers for your meal as well as figs, kumquats, olives and other favorites.
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Mint grows in a mind-boggling array of shapes, colors, even flavors. This Hillary's Sweet Lemon Mint prefers a cool, shady location.
Photo By Robin Siktberg
Crystal clear and with just a hint of mint flavor, homemade mint wine makes a delightful summer beverage and an unusual gift.