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  • How to Choose Mint
    Peppermint, which has a slight peppery taste, is more pungent than spearmint. Its identifying traits: bright green leaves and stems with a slightly purple tinge. Milder spearmint has gray green or dark green leaves and stems. Look for evenly colored, fresh-looking leaves with no signs of wilting or discoloration at the edges.

  • How to Store Mint
    Place mint stalks in a glass of water like a bunch of flowers, cover the leaves with a plastic bag, and refrigerate. The herb can keep for up to a week if the water is changed frequently.

  • How to Use Mint
    Mint pairs equally well with sweet and savory dishes, including meat (particularly lamb and pork) and potatoes. Try it chopped with vegetables like carrots and corn or in fruit salads; leave it whole as garnish with cold drinks and desserts.

    —Melinda Page

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