Mint leaves have a fresh, aromatic taste with a cool aftertaste. The leaves are most often used in drinks, jellies, syrups, candies, and ice cream, but can also be used as a garnish in many dishes. Originally used as a treatment for stomach aches, mint is now used in aromatherapy and even as an insecticide!
Mint is most commonly used raw and cut straight from the stem and used as quickly as possible. If using the mint while cooking, add at the end to avoid the bitterness that being exposed to heat will add to the mints flavor.
Fresh mint should be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for just a couple of days. Mint can also be frozen in ice cube trays with water to add a refreshing, cool taste to your favorite drink.