This refreshing and mellow dried Spearmint, Mentha spicata, also called dried mint, dried spearmint leaves, or dried mint leaves, has a lovely pungent taste with lemony undertones . If your recipe calls for mint (without specifically calling for Spearmint or Peppermint), most likely it means use dried spearmint. In the US we tend to think of spearmint as an herb used with lamb, in some sweet dishes, pastries (particularly chocolate) and of course in gum. In other parts of the world, especially in Greek, Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisine it is more often found in savory dishes.
Can you use dried mint instead of fresh? Absolutely yes! This one of those herbs that loses nothing in its dry form. In fact, dried mint is more potent than fresh mint which means you will not need as much in your recipes. Hungry Gene recommends 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of dried spearmint to any recipe calling for fresh.
You can use mint in sweet dishes, pastries (particularly chocolate) and of course in gum. You can also use it in savory dishes, particularly in lamb roasts and stews. Dried mint is best used to compliment bolder flavors such as rubs, that are heavy on chiles and pepper, or hearty root vegetables. Spearmint is a main ingredient of Hungry Gene's Mojito Lime Seasoning and Hungry Gene's Dukkah. You can use spearmint with fruit, meats, other herbs and is a key ingredient in many yogurt sauces. Dried mint is probably best known as a key ingredient in Middle Eastern Tabouli, the Greek meatball dish Keftedes, as well as in the Turkish Cacik, which is a cucumber and yogurt salad. Spearmint also adds a delightful zest to casseroles, vegetable stews, lentils, salad, cooked vegetables and noodle and bean soups.
- .28 oz
Organic Mentha Spicata