Summery Flavours: Orange Mint

Mentha citrata

(Otherwise known as Orange Mint or Bergamot Mint)

There are a lot of different types of spearmint in my garden (which are spreading a little too much), occasionally used when cooking potatoes, or added to a salad. But the orange mint has remained in a pot next to my lemon verbena and citrus thymes. Not being a great lover of herbal teas, I was a little worried about finding a use for it.

Well, I took the plunge and picked a few leaves, popped them in the teapot and poured almost-boiling water over them. A few minutes later I poured some into a teacup and… it was delicious! Nothing like the dried tea I’ve had before. This tasted smooth and almost sweet. Not at all bitter. And not what I associate with the tea prescribed for tummy aches or indigestion!

It tastes very refreshing cold too.

Other uses:

  • Mint goes very well with beetroot
  • One or two leaves added to a salad gives a nice element of surprise
  • Use the flowers as decoration (or eat them!)
  • Simply chewing a leaf now and freshens the breath
  • Add a couple of leaves to some other finely chopped herbs, to mix into cream cheese

Perhaps I’ll be a little more adventurous with mint later in the year…

What do you do with mint?

26 thoughts on “Summery Flavours: Orange Mint

  1. My Moroccan mint makes for a nice mojito especially when the weather is nice. I will have to try some orange mint tea as I have not yet found a use for it. I also have a chocolate mint that might be nice in baking but I have not been brave enough to try it yet.

  2. Hey Cathy! I have some spearmint in a pot but so far I have yet to do anything with it. You are full of good and interesting ideas! I may try just chewing it but…I don’t know..I am natural but not that natural but I am 100% organic if that means anything. 😉

  3. I love mint… it may be a thug in the garden but it’s so refreshing as a herb! I’ve never had orange mint so I’ll keep a look out for this 🙂

  4. Orange mint tea, what a great idea! Chopped mint and lime juice mixed through cous cous is good too, and I love chocolate mint leaves chopped and sprinkled over vanilla ice cream.

  5. OMG your herbs are awesome. I am also very jealous of your basil forest. It is the one herb I cannot grow for whatever reasons. I love mint and planted pineapple and chocolate mint. I use them in smoothies.

    • Hi there! Basil doesn’t like cool nights or being rained on. (Quite fussy really!) Try some lemon verbena – it’s wonderful for flavouring desserts and drinks, and fairly easy to grow in summer. 😀 (But both are not winter hardy).

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