As I was admiring my friend, Kim's beautiful pots of fresh herbs, she asked if I had any suggestions about how to use them. I think many of us would ask that question. Herbs are beautiful to grow and using them can add unexpected flavor to your everyday dishes.
I have decided to share from time to time how I use the herbs I grow. I am sure you could add some suggestions, so please feel free to comment about how you use them. I will try your suggestions, posting the best ones here on my blog.
Today, I would like to share how I use stevia and mint.
Stevia is the low-calorie sugar substitute you can buy in the store (usually in the health food section) to sweeten beverages. That is exactly what this herb will do. I use it all the time in my tea and I really prefer it to the dried and packaged version. Last year you couldn't find this anywhere, but this year they carry it at both Lowe's and Home Depot.
If you chew a leaf, you will find that the flavor is very sweet.
To sweeten tea, I steep crushed leaves along with my loose tea or tea bag and strain the tea into a teacup. The tea has a pleasant, sweet flavor. Here I used Republic of Tea's Double matcha green tea and two large leaves. (I think as the weather gets hotter, this herb gets sweeter. You will need to experiment until you find the number of crushed leaves you need to suit your taste.)
After this, I often add mint to give the tea a little extra flavor. I don't mind if the mint leaves float in my tea, but they do turn dark in really hot water. This sweetener is healthy, sweet AND cheap when you grow it yourself.
Coming in a later blog -- more about mint.