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Eating Wild Things: Wild Mountain Mint

Once you’ve trained your eye to spot this refreshing herb, you’ll start to see it everywhere.  Mint is very hardy and grows in large patches both trailside and roadside.  Recognize it by its square stem, paired leaves and of course, smell.  There are several varieties from Horse Mint to Bee Balm aka: Oswego-Tea.  Each has it own flavor and scent.  As you ride (or hike) along, pluck off a handful of leaves and stuff them back.  A mesh goodie bag is a nice thing to collect mint and berries throughout your day.  Or just collect them stem and all and attach the bundle to your pannier. 

You can use mint to season food, but I don’t think it very handy when touring or hiking.  I think it is best as a tea. Seep the leaves in hot water to make a delicious caffeine free tea or let the leaves soak in your water bottle for a few hours to pep up that nasty water you got out of the gas station sink.  Save a few sprigs to hang in your tent for some well needed aroma therapy to cure road-fatigue.  Folklore has it that wild mint can revive the dead…so use with caution around pet cemeteries.

Thanks for reading, Jack

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