Did you know peppermint tea will almost always soothe a tummyache? I can vouch for that fact. I also know peppermint tea gives me a headache (how strange is that?), but I don't hesitate to sip a cup of it on the rare occasions when I have an upset tum-tum.
Papa Pea, on the other hand, thrives on his mug of peppermint tea which he consumes every morning. First he has a cup of good strong coffee, then follows that with a big mug of tea. (No, his cup of coffee doesn't give him a tummyache!)
So you can imagine, in a year, we go through a lot of the stuff. I've been ordering a pound of it at a time (organically grown, of course, and a pound lasts us a year) through our co-op, but it's been getting so expensive that this spring I decided it was time to grow our own. I should have done so long ago, but some things take longer than others to penetrate the cobwebs of my mind.
I didn't start the plants from seed (should have) and could find only two plants in our local nurseries so that's what I planted.
I harvested and dried the first batch as soon as the plants were big enough. Hubby did a taste test and pronounced it, "Good!"
Just this week I took a last cutting and dried a total of 12 trays full in our very old, but wonderful, Bee Beyer dehydrator.
How much did I get from those 12 full trays? Two cups. One pint. No wonder the darn stuff is so expensive when purchased.
I know mint plants spread and these two plants I set in at the end of one 4' x 8' raised bed are already covering about one-fourth of the bed. I think I'll let it spread as much as it wants within the bed because I'm going to need a lot of it to get enough for our year's supply.
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