Fresh mint leaves are the pungent leaves of a plant from the "mentha" family used world-wide as a flavoring and a garnish. The two most popular mints are peppermint and spearmint. Both of these plants are very easy to grow but can become a garden pest. If you have to buy them at the store, then make sure to purchase leaves that are evenly colored and plump looking. Avoid black or very dark color leaves, which indicate decay.
Fresh mint can be used in salads, beverages, teas, as well as in sweet and savory dishes.
If you don't have fresh mint leaves, try one of these alternatives:
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Mint is best contained in a garden pot with moist (but not soggy) soil, so make sure to keep it consistently watered.
Purchase mint in small 3 - 4" pots in the herb section of your local nursery the transplant into any size pot you prefer. It will appreciate a good quality potting mix, but it is quite tolerant of most typical garden soil.