It’s harvest time (do I hear Bringing in the Sheaves?), and we’re clipping the peppermint in our outdoor kitchen to dry for tea, because one of these days soon, it’s gonna cool off around here and a hot cuppa will hit the spot. Here’s how to dry your own mint.
Clip the mint and give it a good bath.
Take handfuls, wrap a rubber band around each one, and hang them up somewhere out of the sun to dry. I thumbtacked the bundles to the wall above my desk.
Wait about a week until the leaves are good and crisp. Then scrunch the bundles to loosen the dry leaves from the stalks.
Squeeze the leaves to break them up into little bits, and pull out the little stems.
P.S. We like the strong mintiness of peppermint for tea, but here are six more mint varieties you can think about growing for drying and cooking.