Peppermint Harvesting and Drying

Thursday Food Day!

My peppermint is getting out of control.  It needs to be cut back and eventually moved so it doesn’t take over my whole butterfly garden.  I don’t have time for that, but I can harvest it.

I just went around and cut the tops of the plants off, leaving only a couple leaf pairs.  Warning: cutting herbs often causes the plants to become much more bushy.  I intend to get at least one more harvest out of the peppermint this year, so bushy is good.  If you are trying to get rid of this invasive plant, cutting it won’t help.

I brought all the harvested plants in and put them on an old window screen.  I cut all the leaves off of the stems and got rid of the stems.

The peppermint leaves are all spread out on the screen to dry.  I just need to put the screen a warm, dark place.  I will eventually build an herb drying rack up in the loft, once it’s clean enough to do so.

More information on growing and preparing peppermint.

I plan to make the dried peppermint into a peppermint oil infusion, coming soon…

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