Fresh mint is used in Mediterranean cooking and summer dishes, and it adds a fresh note to drinks and salads. Fresh mint is best used raw; use dried mint for cooking. For a variety of flavor notes, try different kinds of mint: peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint and orange. Try steeping mint leaves in water for an herbal mint tea. Grow mint in a pot since it is an invasive species and could colonize your garden.
Things You'll Need
Pick or buy mint at the last possible moment before you need to use it.
Pinch off mint leaves at the base of the leaf. Add mint just before serving to keep it fresh.
Tear mint leaves with your fingers. Never use a knife or scissors.
Store fresh mint in a jar of water in the refrigerator. Cover the mint loosely with plastic wrap.