|Country of Origin|
|Pungent, cool, fresh, menthol.|
|Tending yellowish green with a bright green infused leaf.|
|Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Often, peppermint is consumed after meals since it has been proven to sweeten the breath and calm the digestive system. It also helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea. Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea, it is cool and refreshing. As an iced tea, the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.|
Try making a Banana Mint Slush. Take 1 ripe Banana, 1 teaspoon of Peppermint leaves, one grated lime peel, 1 cup of skim milk, 5 ice cubes and puree until smooth. The concoction is less than 100 calories!
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of peppermint for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the flavor). Pour into your cup. Milk or sugar is not generally added.
Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 qt): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-off the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced peppermint is to double the strength of the hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.