Drying fresh mint leaves for tea is easy. Learn how to dry mint leaves for tea, and enjoy the minty flavor from this home grown herb.

One of the things I love about mint, besides the fresh minty taste, is just how easy this plant is to grow.

Within no time at all the stems are stretching towards the light, growing tall and ready for a haircut. This is the perfect time to give them a trim.

Both fresh and dried mint are great options for making tea, although infusion time is a bit longer with fresh mint

Dried spearmint is the most versatile mint for drying, as it can also be used to enhance the flavors of many other recipes, and is not only used for tea.

To dry mint leaves, you first need to harvest them by cutting the stems and leaves from the plant.

Cut the mint stems, leaving four to five inches of stem on the plant for future growth.

Wash the mint by rinsing with cold water. Rinse thoroughly if you have harvested from the garden, to remove any dirt and bugs.

There are a number of different methods to dry the mint leaves. Let’s review different options, and some common methods for drying.

Mint can be air dried by hanging bunches upside down in a dry place and dark location. Allow air circulation between the bunches, especially if you have a few of them.

Mint can also be dried in a food dehydrator. The drying time is also quick, compared with air drying.

Oven drying is simple and easy, and a great way to quickly dry and process your mint leaves.

Mint can also be dried in the air fryer. Dry only in the air fryer if you have a unit with a dehydrator setting.

The shelf life of dried mint is dependent on how well it has been dried. Dried mint will last for up to a year if dried and stored correctly.

Dried mint should be stored in an airtight container, such as a mason jar with a lid.

Making tea with dried mint leaves is easy and delicious.

For more information, see the tutorial!