Monday, August 17, 2009

Challenge Ingredient: Mint

For this week's challenge I chose an herb that is in season right now. I don't know about you, but I don't cook with mint very often, so I thought it would be fun to work with. What's in {Your} Oven? is all about stepping outside the box, right?!

Did you know that there are four different types of mint? Yeah, me neither. There is peppermint, spearmint, apple mint and pineapple mint. Hmmm. Very interesting...

It sounds like mint is a really easy plant to grow. In fact, it grows so easily that you have to be careful that it doesn't take over your whole garden! It is suggested that you plant mint in a garden by itself, or in above ground containers. It can grow in full sun to partial shade. (info from University of Illinois Extension)

Mint can be used in many different applications, so let's see what recipes you are able to find! Post by Sunday night, por favor.


Janelle said...

Okay, so I have a question. Do we have to use the herb? Or can I make a dessert that is minty? Like with mint extract, or something?

Scott and Jillian said...

I think with an extract is good. I didn't have any particular recipe in mind when I set this challenge. I was thinking about doing a minty dessert as well.