Herb Spotlight Series - Mint

Herb Spotlight Series - Mint

So you want to grow mint? We can help! Cultivating and harvesting mint with The Halo could not be easier, and we are going to walk you through how to do it and what the benefits are. 

Getting to know Mint 

In all continents except Antarctica, mint is abundant and thrives, and spreads rapidly wherever it is planted. Mint grows in dozens of varieties, the most common being spearmint (Mentha spicata), peppermint (Mentha x piperita), and pennyroyal mint (Mentha pulegium); some of the other mints like lemon mint (Monarda citriodora) are actually not mint at all. The type of mint most often used in cooking is spearmint.

Mint contains fragrant, refreshing, and unique compounds making it one of the most popular herbs to use in cooking and healthcare products. Mint also degrades pretty quickly, so it only has a limited shelf life. Usually, when restaurants and bars receive mint, the freshness has been lost. This makes hydroponic farming a great solution to this problem. No dried out soil, pests or rigorous upkeep required. Once the mint plant pod is put into The Halo, it can go on surviving for months with little watering or maintenance. Once you’ve had freshly harvested mint, there’s no going back! The uses of mint are nearly endless. Whether for teas, jellies, desserts, garnishes, or seasoning savory dishes, there are plenty of ways to use it. 

Benefits 

Mint is found to be rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, including:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • vitamin C
  • iron
  • vitamin A

Mint is a calming herb that people have used for thousands of years to help soothe an upset stomach or indigestion. Mint plants also contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid. As it contains menthol, mint is a great way to ease congestion and sooth colds for the winter time. 

Harvesting Tips

Harvesting mint couldn’t be easier. Once your mint plant has grown for a period of 2 to 3 weeks, 

you can simply pick off multiple leaves or cut a bundle from the plant to be used as desired. Once you have your leaves you can use them fresh immediately for salads, tea, desserts or other recipes. You can also make your own dried mint 

How to store

The roots of fresh mint should be stored in water at room temperature as required in the Halo. After harvesting, you can store it in a sealed plastic bag wrapped in damp paper towels in your refrigerator's vegetable section. This will keep it fresh for three to five days.

The Bottom Line

Whether its tea, sauces or another culinary endeavor, Mint has myriad benefits alongside its taste. Freshly grown mint can support your immune system, heart health and stress levels all while adding flavour and balance to your dishes. 

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