Just cream / soften one stick of butter and blend in 2 tablespoon chopped fresh scented leaves of mint scented pelargoniums. Optional add one tablespoon of lemon juice and few gratings of lemon zest. I use to portion them in small pieces, peanuts-shaped and to place them on pelargonium leaves, especially when I want a decorative presentation.
Herb butter is great to be served after stand few hours to absorb the flavor of the herbs, then may be chilled or frozen up to 3 month.
|Herb Butter with Mint Scented Pelargoniums Leaves|
I used also fruit scented pelargoniums leaves (especially citrus scented ) to make herb butter, but I prefer to feel the mint aroma into aperitifs . At this time, I have in my garden 3 different mint-scented pelargoniums, which are a delight to grow. One of their basic flavor is mint, but each of them has also other overtones: rose, lemon, cocos, chocolate. We are growing them outside in spring, summer and autumn, in Vancouver's mild climate (in winter we bring them inside to protect them by winter frost).
|Chocolate-mint Scented pelargonium|
"Chocolate Mint" has three lobed large leaves with one big brown splotch in the center of every leaf. The foliage has a pungent minty scent with chocolate undertone. (if you like chocolate with mint aroma, for sure will love its taste). It is a large and vigorous growing plant with blooming lavender flowers which may grow several feet height and width.
|Cocomint Rose scented pelargonium leaf|
"Cocomint Rose" has a very decorative leaf with a leathery green texture. The leaves are deeply divided and have a rose-mint scent with coconut notes. Cousin of it, the "Variegated Mint Rose Scented Pelargonium" is a showy plant with deeply divided aromatic green-grey leaves and small white flowers. The leaves emerge with yellow cream edges that fade to white - the plant looks similar with Lady Plymouth variety, but the foliage grows larger and has a different scent with lemon-minty tones.
|Variegated Mint Rose Scented Pelargonium|
I'm still waiting to grow the real mint-scented pelargonium known as Peppermint Geranium or Pelargonium Tomentosum. I ordered some seeds from South Africa over the internet and I'm very curious to grow by myself this variety with a powerful aroma of fresh mint ..., but I'll make another post once the seedlings' velvety foliage will grow enough to occurring mint-fragrance.
Now I'm just happy that the summer begins and my plants will grow with rapidity, giving me the possibility to use them in abundance in cooking and flavoring dishes.