Mentha spicata – Young leaves can be used in sauces, jellies, summer drinks and mint tea.
Herbs are easily grown indoors or outdoors. Repeat seeding during the year is useful to ensure a constant supply. Most herbs prefer a sunny and not to wet location. Try to locate plants where they will get 5 hours of direct sunlight each day. Herbs usually grow well in almost any soil but tend to thrive in light sandy soil that has been enriched with peat moss or leaf mold and a moderate amount of fertilizer. Cover seed slightly with soil. Keep soil moist until all seeds sprout. Seed germinates best at 18-23 C (68 – 75 F) usually in 7-14 days. Garden spacing 1 m (3 ft) apart.
Creamy Feta Dip
- 6 ounces of Feta cheese broken into chunks
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves finely chopped, plus more for serving
Diced cucumber for serving
Place the feta cheese, Greek Yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, black pepper and mint in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until well blended without any chunks of feta leftover.
Transfer the dip to a small bowl, cover and store in the fridge for up to one week.
When ready to serve, drizzle with olive oil, fresh mint leaves and diced cucumber. Serve with toasted pita bread, if desired.