Mint derives its name from the ancient Greek mythical character Minthe. It originated in Asia and around the Mediterranean region and has been kmown for its health benefits throughout history. The Greeks used the herb to clean their banqueting tables and added it to their baths to stimulate their bodies. The Roman used it in sauces to aid digestion and to freshen their mouth.
It’s rich in Vitamins A and C, it also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2 and minerals including calcium, zinc, copper and magnesium. Even though mint is mostly consumed in small quantities, the vital nutrients obtained are still beneficial and shouldn’t be underestimated.
Cool and refreshing
Preparation & Storage
The best way to keep herbs fresh is to store in the fridge upright in a cup of water and cover it with a plastic bag.
Cooking with Mint
Mint is used a lot in Vietnamese cooking. It’s one of the ingredients used in summer rolls (gio cuon). It is also used to garnish dishes such as bun cha, chicken pho and beef pho.
Basil can be used if you are unable to obtain mint. It can be substitued for mint in both savoury and sweet dishes
Where can I buy it?
Almost all supermarkets will sell mint as it’s such a popular herb. Also you may find it around your neighbourhood or in your neigbours’ garden as it’s so easy to grow.