Not long ago, I bought a mint plant from Sungai Buloh, Selangor and it’s been growing pretty vigorously in my garden. And it excites me just to have the opportunity to make food or drink using the fresh herbs from my garden. Ya know? I even caught my dog eating mint and smelling the rosemary, thyme and dill. Haha
A simple and delicious drink.
Mint from my garden. :)
Wash and drain it.
Using a knife, carefully de-seed the red dates. From this picture, top to bottom are un-pitted red dates, pitted red dates and the seeds.
Bring water to boil and simmer mint and red dates for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and steep for 10 minutes. Add honey and stir well to incorporate. That’s it.
A simple warm soothing drink. Don’t discard the red dates. Eat it. It’s delicious!
Once I uses 12g and another time I uses 20g of mints, however the drinks doesn’t have strong mint taste but more red dates/honey flavors which is good enough for me. Try it ya.
Mint helps to calm nerves, ease headaches, toothaches and reduce phlegm.
Mint Tea With Honey & Red Dates
Adapted from Cooking with Chinese Herbs
Cooking time: 20 minutes
30g fresh mint leaves, washed and drained
10 dried red dates (hong zao/hung cho), pitted
2 tablespoon honey
1. Bring water to the boil. Add mint leaves and dates.
2. Simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and steep for 10 minutes.
3. Add honey. Stir to incorporate flavours. Discard mint leaves. Serve hot.