I just have a little quickie for you today as a continuation of yesterday’s floral medicinal tisanes (please see that post for the standard health disclaimers–those apply here, too).
Mints (peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint) are stimulating, invigorating infusions that are really great to start the day if you want to avoid caffeine. They also have been used as household remedies for ages and tend to be regarded as a great remedy for spasms, headaches, fevers, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, gas, and swelling.
Today I just want to share with you some special mint tisanes I have on hand at home.
Our freshly-harvested chocolate mint from our garden was our unanimous favorite from tonight’s tasting, probably because it’s hard to beat freshly-picked herbal infusions. Beyond that, though, the chocolate aroma hits before you sip, so the tisane provides a really engaging aromatic experience that’s enjoyable without any sweetener. Chocolate mint is a cultivar of peppermint, and that refreshing menthol flavor really comes through in every sip. If you buy a plant for your garden, just tend it constantly or, better yet, plant it in a container, because all mints like to take over gardens. That said, it’s great to have on hand for tisanes, mojitos, and cooking. For a great infusion, crush or bruise the leaves a little bit for best effect.
Numi Organic Tea’s Moroccan, aka nana, mint is a classically yummy spearmint-flavoured tisane hailing from Northeast Africa. Honestly, Numi seems to be able to do no wrong where I’m concerned. I haven’t been disspapointed by any of their offerings yet. This is a really refreshing and actually pretty hearty cup of tisane, great as a pick me up.
Huntsville, Alabama’s Piper & Leaf Artisan Tea Co. makes an exciting fruity mint tisane called Piper Mint Blues. It contains peppermint, wintergreen, and spearmint, as well as blueberries, blackberries, ginger, and butterfly .pea flower, which I had never heard of. It is really floral with pleasant hints of mint, and I think it’s worth it for the spectacle alone–it turns a lovely blue when infused!
Eventually, I’m going to do a little baking with the chocolate mint. What’s your favorite chocolate mint treat?