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Peanuts or Mango in Perilla and Peppermint

*Peppermint has long been a tradition of medicinal use, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago.
I marveled at the size and thickness of this Peppermint stalk. How its leaves are so green and healthy. They are to yearned for. She also had some Peppermint dried up in her kitchen spice racks. I wish Peppermint is as readily available in our garden as it is in hers. One can only try, right? So I plucked one very healthy and mature stalk and brought it home. It was planted in the middle of my Petunias. Every few days I check on it and wonder when will I be able to put some dry Peppermint on my wall spice rack?


*Peppermint has a high menthol content, and is often used as tea and for flavoring ice cream, confectionery, chewing gum, and toothpaste. The oil also contains menthol and methyl esters, particularly methyl acetate. It is the oldest and most popular flavor of mint-flavored confectionery. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos and soaps, which give the hair a minty scent and produce a cooling sensation on the skin.

*Perilla
is a genus of annual herb that is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. In mild climates the plant reseeds itself. There are both green-leafed and purple-leafed varieties which are generally recognized as separate species by botanists. The leaves resemble stinging nettle leaves, being slightly rounder in shape. It is also widely known as the Beefsteak plant. Its essential oils provide for a strong taste whose intensity might be compared to that of mint or fennel. It is considered rich in minerals and vitamins, has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to help preserve and sterilize other foods.
*Cited source: Wikipedia.

Our family use Perilla mint and Peppermint in our salads, and noodle soup.

Honey Roasted Peanuts with Perilla mint and Peppermint Salad resembles a cold slaw made by sis IcyBC. IcyBc has a jungle of Perilla mint so of course I plucked some to take home with me too.


Ingredients: Honey roasted peanuts, medium cooked shrimp, iceberg lettuce, carrots thinly sliced, chopped 1/2" Perilla mint and Peppermint.
Preparation: Mix peanuts, shrimp, lettuce, carrots together. From your spice racks grab salt and pepper and season to taste. Garnish with Peppermint and Perilla mint and honey roasted peanuts. Dress with balsamic vinaigrette or Italian.

Mango with Baby Spring, Perilla Mint and Peppermint Salad from my sis Koko. She also combined both types of mint leaves, grown wildly from her garden. Lucky Lou!


Ingredients: Baby Spring leaves, sliced long mango, whole Perilla mint and Peppermint leaves.
Preparation: In your selective salad bowl, combine your Baby Spring leaves and both mint leaves, mix them well. Add mango and grab the salt and pepper shaker from your spice rack season to taste. Dress with balsamic vinaigrette or Italian.
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19 comments :

  1. I am visiting from NFF. That was very interesting. I learned alot.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Brooke

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  2. I like this post, Amanda. I really enjoy perilla. I first had the leaf in Japan, where it's called shiso. I liked it so much, my friends took me out to buy seeds but I ended up not planting them when I got home. I need to find some more.

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  3. What an interesting salad. Happy FF and have a great weekend.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  4. Very cool, I didn't know any of that! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday, we're glad that you did! Have a great weekend!

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  5. The roasted peanut salad with mint looks and sounds SO GOOD.

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  6. Ugh! I remember this one time I ate peppermint ice cream, and threw up!!!!! Never touched peppermint, since!!!!

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  7. That was a very interesting post. I'd love to have some peppermint in my tea! You do need to be careful in that both of these plants can be invasive. I had mint go absolutely crazy in my garden in the past and know of a garden where they have been trying to get rid of the perilla for several years. If I were planting any mints in the future I probably would put them in pots. That being said, looks like you're really enjoying your peppermint and perilla - those recipes look great!
    Blessings, Beth

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  8. This looks so delicious..I love anything vegetables..

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  9. oh, love your mango salad, will try it next time. i usually just add onions and tomatoes to my mango and i call it salad already :)

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog now following back!

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  11. Thanks for stopping by to say hi! Following you back!
    Beth @ Two Monkeys & a Washtub
    http://twomonkeysawashtub.blogspot.com

    I hope you'll stop by on Finding Me Mondays...loved your food post...very intriguing!

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  12. Sounds so good. I actually use peppermint and an inhalant because I suffer from vertigo. It's the only thing that has helped me.

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  13. thanks for sharing this recipe... i might try it this weekend. i definitely need a change from my usual chinese. wink*

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  14. I haven't had mint in many salads, I imagine it lends a really fresh flavor to the meal.

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  15. Your dishes look wonderful. I would love to try it. I love herbs and spices. I bet Icy is a wonderful cook. I think she excels at anything she puts her mind to.

    Did your mint grow? You know catnip is in the mint family. I grow that for the cats and for myself for tea.

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  16. I've never had mint although I have grown in it the distant past. Interesting recipes! They both sound very refreshing.

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  17. My grandmother always had a pot or two of peppermint on her porch, I had forgotten all about it. Maybe I will plant some next spring. The peanut salad sounds delicious.

    So sorry I haven't been over lately. I have been so busy that I have been literally posting on the run. When I finally have time to visit my internet connection goes down. It just came back up and you are my first stop of the evening.

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  18. lOVE MINT IN MY TEA--FOOD DISHES LOOK SO ------GOOD

    sUE

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  19. now that looks like a neat salad to try !!! yum! thanks for sharing!

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