Much of our dried strawberry mint was harvested just as it began its summer flowering, so many jars (but not all) contain sprigs punctuated by tiny lilac-colored blossoms. It’s a lovely departure from other varieties of mint you’ve tasted—more delicate and fruity, with tiny ruffled leaves and a softly layered aroma. The first note of scent you’ll catch is a smack of ripe, juicy strawberry. The bright, effervescent, and refreshing notes of classic mint come next. It’s at once sweet and bracing, fruity, floral, and green.
The charm of this mint is its fragrance and complexity, elements you don’t want to subdue or lose. We like to use it as a finishing touch, where it can reach the palate at full strength and enhance a dish or ingredient as it is eaten. Crush it in a mortar and pestle just before use, or crumble it with your fingers as you sprinkle. Flavors we especially love it with are mild honeys, berries, ricotta, and young tender lettuces.
Quitokeeto’s culinary herbs are sourced by us, and grown in northern California, by farmers who practice organic and biodynamic methods. Each herb is harvested at its peak, when most vibrant, aromatic, and beautiful. They are dried naturally and gently to preserve their potency. These herbs are seasonally available in limited quantity.
Solubility: water, fat, alcohol
Suggested Culinary Uses:
- Serve a slice of apple pie with a dollop of whipped crème fraiche and sprinkling of strawberry mint.
- Roast strawberries and dust with strawberry mint before serving.
- Crush with brown sugar and sprinkle on buttered pancakes, waffles, or biscuits.
- Sprinkle over cubed watermelon along with cubed feta and lemon zest.
- Whip goat cheese until light, smear on rye crostini with a drizzle of honey and a crumble of strawberry mint.
-Combine in a mortar and pestle with sugar. Use to finish shortbread, pound cakes, and puddings.
Complements: Cream, sour cream, crème fraiche, butter, berries, crumbles, cakes, oats, barley, yogurt, brown sugar, Champagne, shortbread, blood oranges, brown butter
Traditional and Therapeutic Uses: Mint is used across many traditional cultures to support wellness and balance. It is believed to support the digestive tract, alleviate stress and anxiety, subdue nausea, act as a cough suppressant, combat cancer, support oral health and deter cavities, and provide relief from hay fever.
100 ml glass jar
Product of California.