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Mint can be marvelous

If you want an easy-to-grow herb that will spread through the garden or field , under a stone walkway, or over the meadows and through the woods, try mint.

It will spread wildly, so you must contain it one way or another. Some people want only a clump or two of spearmint or peppermint, but there are several interesting ones that can add a pleasant variety to your menus such as pineapple mint and orange mint.

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When using fresh mint, pick only the larger leaves or pinch off the clean, juicy, terminal leaf clusters about 6 leaves at the top of the stems. This will encourage the lateral growth. For salads, use only the leaves, but stem and all can go in beverages.

Here is a frozen concentrate you can make yourself for summer beverages. To each pint of boiling water add about 2 cups of roughly chopped mint leaves and stems, return water to boil, remove from heat, cover, and let cool about 1 hour.

Strain into ice cube trays, freeze, break out of the cubes, and store in plastic bags in freezer.

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