Chocolate mint is one of my most favorite mint species to grow with a close second favorite being pineapple mint. With chocolate mint it’s as if a peppermint patty was made into a plant in both smell and taste it’s incredibly similar. I absolutely love to rub my fingers over the leaves before watering my garden just to get a refreshing waft of the harmonious pairing of flavors with there very nostalgic scent.
My Mother and her parents grew up in Italy where growing your own food is very common. I remember greatly when living in Massachusetts visiting my Italian grandparents and touring there garden. Where every bean and tomato plant were taller than me, it was to say the least enchanting. At that time I remember feeling a very close connection to growing my own food one day, but it wasn’t until my family and I moved to Florida that my parent’s started our very own family garden that I knew this was something I would do throughout my life. I remember growing carrots and tomatoes most fondly and the many hours my family spent playing in the soil with high excitement. Looking back on those times, I can’t think of a more fun activity to do as a family. Even though our garden didn’t always provide us with the most fruitful results in tangible form it surely did provide us with a lot of extra love, enjoyment and from time to time nourishment when our dogs and other city animals weren’t constantly digging things up.
With the knowledge I learned as a child, it helped me to get started growing food in my own yard, but it was really the plants that taught me my greatest lessons on how to be a better gardner. For instance growing mint gave me confidence as a gardener as it grows easily in the U.S. by simply watering it weekly, placing it in a sunny/shade spot and letting it run wild as mint likes to do. I started my garden small by planting herbs such as mint to get a feeling of what it’s like to have a green thumb as I’ve learned form my experience it’s almost impossible to not have great luck with growing mint.
People are often very surprised when I tell them about chocolate mint as I don’t think it’s a very well know herb but I’m here to tell you that it really does exist! Can you imagine how much sweeter life would be if we all had a chocolate mint plant growing in our homes or garden- divinity! Now that you know it’s out there I recommend you locate a plant to propagate or seeds to sew as you will be inspired to use this magnificent herb in many of your own recipes such as teas, treats and chocolates. Not to mention you too will feel like an accomplished gardener and perhaps your family will continue the family fun and grow there own gardens for many generations to come.
Did you know there are over 30 species of mint? Which is your favorite?
- ½ cup cashew topia mint ice cream
- (If you can't find this use cashew cream sweetened with coconut nectar and mint extract)
- 1 cup ice
- 1 coconut water and meat
- 1 tbsp sun warrior protein powder (or your favorite protein powder)
- 1½ tsp vitamineral green
- 2 tbsp fresh chocolate mint leaves (any flavor mint will do)
- 4 tsp ginger juice or 1 inch nugget of peeled ginger
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately garnished with mint leaves.
Wishing you a sweet day!