How does peppermint tea get its brown color; and, how does one process lots of garlic?

Dear Ted and Jody:

After reading that people harvested peppermint by cutting the stems some inches above the roots and then hanging them to dry before stripping the leaves I started that yesterday.  In the meantime, I started my first sun brewed peppermint from the leaves I harvested and dried “improperly.”  after sitting out all night there is no trace of the light brown color I came accustomed to using store bought peppermint tea bags.  It is virtually clear.  Perhaps, I did not use enough leaves in two tea balls for a ½ gallon of peppermint tea. That got me to wondering what causes peppermint tea to have a tea like brown color?  Nancy tells me that the leaves will turn brown when I hang them to dry. That, she assures me, will turn peppermint tea brown when I brew with the leaves stripped from hanging to dry.  I must confess after 24 hours of hanging in the garage the peppermint simply looks wilted, not brown at all.  So I googled my question.  Apparently one other person asked it over three years ago.  One person answered and said all mint tea turns brown.  A fellow from China responded that it is the regular tea mixed in with it.  Funny, the label on my store bought peppermint tea only lists peppermint as an ingredient.  I guess I will have to wait and see if Nancy and the one answer are correct.

In the meantime, I am faced with some way to process my garlic crop.  Last fall I replanted about a hundred or so garlic plants.  Then this spring I put another four score in pots.  The ones from the fall planting multiplied. I have not examined the ones in the pots.  But the transplanted ones are about the size of garlic in the grocery stores that sell for 58 cents each.  Last night I started to process one by removing the skin so I could mince the cloves in the Ninja.  What a time consuming and tedious process with just a paring knife.  II really needed a garlic clove de-skinning device.  Fortunately, such a thing is made.  I picked one up at a kitchen shop today in the Centralia Outlet Mall and will try again this evening.  You would think the holiday is Agriculture Day instead of Labor Day.

Actually since I am writing while Nancy is shopping in ALL the stores at the outlet mall the holiday should be Shopping Day.

Warmest regards, Ed


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2 Responses to How does peppermint tea get its brown color; and, how does one process lots of garlic?

  1. beetleypete says:

    These garlic peelers are highly recommended here. I don’t have one yet, but I really should get one!

    As for commercial mint tea, the man from China is correct. It is mint mixed with other teas, hence the brown colour.
    Best wishes, Pete.


    • Thank you Pete. I bought one of those garlic peeler tubes yesterday. They work. I guess my problem is I expect more of “easy” than just easy as I have well over 1,000 cloves to process.
      I checked the commercial, peppermint tea boxes and they all say 100% pure peppermint. It did not get much more than a hint of color from my first tea ball experiment. hen I decided to weigh the leaves. I had far too little weight and the resulting tea was very weak. Then too, I suspect the color made my mind think it was weaker than it really was. So, I am redoing the experiment with the proper weight. Still, I can see that leaves that are not cut up can still be more difficult to infuse than if I chop them up like them come in the commercial bags. I’ll let you know tomorrow if I get color and flavor, or have to chop up the leaves.


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