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Mint Tea With Honey & Red Dates

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

Mint Tea With Honey & Red Dates
A simple and delicious drink.

Mint from my garden. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wash and drain it.

Red Dates
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.

Simmer For 5 minutes
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.

Mint Tea With Honey & Red Dates
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.

Tip: 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
Serves 2

600ml water
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.

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  • Reply small Kucing March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    My father in law has mint plants too. Kinda easy to grow. Mmm…interesting idea putting mint in the red dates tea. Never thought of it. Will try it one day

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Yeah mint is pretty easy to grow.
      Do tell me if you like this combination ya.

  • Reply Swee San @ The Sweet Spot March 27, 2012 at 12:15 am

    aiyo, u know what? my dogs LOVE lemongrass.. they always chew on the greener leaves of the plant.. btw, how did u planted the thyme?

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Thankfully mine only tried the mint once if not headache… goat dog. Hehe
      Got the thyme from Sungai Buloh. It’s a hardy plant so I didn’t really care for it except picking (harvest) on its leaves once a while. Sometime I place it in the sun but mostly it remains in the shade.

  • Reply Maya March 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Such a delightfully simple recipe, and -beautiful- photos ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful post! I can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 27, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Hi Maya, hope you’ll like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Nava Krishnan March 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I have been trying to grow mint in my garden but somehow so far unsuccessful and I am not sure why because others herbs seems growing perfect.

    This is a wonderful and soothing drink esp when our weather can be a killer. I must try making this esp with the dates and sip into this drink.

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Hmm maybe the soil is the problem?

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