Peppermint leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 B.C., and today the herb still upholds some impressive healing properties:
-It is an excellent source of vitamin A and Vitamin C
-It is very soothing to the digestion
-It is very helpful in the nervous system
-It is a good choice for an energy boost
-It is even an effective pain reliever
-It is good for skin health and promotes clear skin
-It is also good for healthy hair by promoting the growth of hair
With such a useful and delicious culinary herb in the backyard, it is necessary to find some creative ways to use it in your food, following are three creative ways to use peppermint:
Mint Infused Cream
-1 cup heavy cream
-3-4 tablespoons fresh picked peppermint (torn or finely chopped)
-Add the cream to a small saucepan. Warm gently until there is just a hint of steam. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add mint to the pan and cover. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and chill.
-You can use this mint cream as a base for hot cocoa, make ice cream, fudge popsicles, or turn it into chocolate icing.
Mint Whipped Cream
-1 cup mint infused cream
-1 tablespoon sugar
-Chill a metal bowl and add your cold cream and sugar. Whip with a hand mixer until soft peaks are formed. Be careful not to over whip real cream or you’ll just have mint infused butter.
-1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
-3 (2-inch) strips of lime rind
-Place mint leaves in a small bowl. Add strips of lime rind and hot Simple Syrup; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve; discard solids.
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