A few notes on caring for your Chocolate Mint plant:
Be sure to have plenty of room for your mint plant to grow. The plant sends out runners and will quickly take over a garden area. It makes a beautiful ground cover if you have the room. If you’d rather contain the plant, you’ll need to plant it in a container and keep it trimmed.
If you’d like to bulk harvest your chocolate mint, do so by waiting until just before the plant blooms. This will ensure the most intense flavor. Cut the whole plant to just above the first or second set of leaves. You’ll be removing the yellowing lower leaves, which will promote bushier growth. You should be able to bulk harvest in this manner three times per season.
To dry your chocolate mint, clean it as needed after harvesting. Spread the leaves into a single layer on cookie sheets. Bake in a pre-heated 170*F oven for 2-3 hours. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely. Crumble leaves into a glass storage jar, preferably storing this jar in a cool, dark place.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to go out and pick up your own $2 Chocolate Mint plant and get it planted! If you have more uses for this excellent garden addition, I’d love for you to share them here!
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