Today's tip

Mint is a delicious herb that pops up during the spring season but lasts all summer long.

Although dried mint is available, as with most herbs, choose the fresh form; it delivers so much more intensity in flavor and freshness. When buying fresh mint, look for leaves with a vibrant green color, with no dark spots or yellowing. To store fresh mint leaves, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place inside a loosely closed plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator, where they should keep fresh for several days. Mint is delicious as a garnish, in salads, drinks, and great in some types of pasta dishes. For a different touch to your tomato sauce, add a few leaves of fresh mint. Or, when making a marinade for fish, use a few leaves of mint with the chopped parsley. In the summer, make fresh mint tea and serve it iced.