Friday, July 07, 2006

Summers Peppermint.

Summertime has arrived in Tennessee !!
The heat is very intense and some days I forget to be grateful.

But, the good news is the hotter the better for the herb gardens. They thrive in the heat and most are very drought tolerant. So we are doing good in that department.

I have had the pleasure of cutting and drying peppermint for two days.......oh- the work is so welcomed, when the aroma is so nice.

Peppermint is good for so many things in the culinary world.

My greatest use for it is of course the tea blends, but I use it in a variety of ways other than the tea.

A few sprigs dropped into a pitcher of fresh lemonade is awesome.
Tear a few leaves and toss into the salad bowl when using fruits.
A few sprigs wrapped with a baking ham is just yummy!

And of course we must not forget the pleasures of the homemade ice cream treats.
Whatever liquid you are using, just soak the peppermint leaves in it and remove before combining the recipe.

My hubby eats oatmeal for breakfast and he drops a few leaves into the water for the oats, gives them a special little twist.

This is one of my peppermint beds, it is very healthy and the butterflies enjoy it too, as well as the bees.

Want to try my Peppermint tea? It's on my web-site as "SageHill House Blend" a blending of peppermint and lemon balm. Very, very good!

I trust everyone had a marvelous 4th of July and ready for what the rest of the month holds.

Blessings for a "Juicy July!"

Bea Kunz