Fresh mint is great to have on hand and adds an extra dimension to dishes. Its clean, refreshing taste and cooling effect make it a welcome addition to a number of sweet and spicy dishes and drinks. The oft-overlooked herb, mint isn't a flavor solely reserved for gum. Fresh and sprightly, mint is bursting with fragrance and taste. It works well in sweet and savory dishes, and tastes great whether hot or cold. Be sure to pick your mint variety wisely when cooking. Spearmint is sweeter and more commonly used in recipes, but peppermint is also used, with a menthol-like flavor that is more pronounced. To keep fresh mint on hand year-round, you can easily grow it indoors.

Cooking Light
April 12, 2013