September 12, 2023

Can You Smoke Mint Leaves Like Tobacco?

Mint is an easy to grow herb that adds a refreshing taste to drinks and recipes. Several people ask whether or not mint leaves can be smoked like tobacco. While experimenting with different herbal smoking mixtures is largely a matter of personal taste and preference, it is important to note that mint smoke can irritate the throat and lungs. Long-term exposure to any kind of smoke may also cause long-term health issues.

When harvesting mint, be sure to only use fresh leaves that are dark in color and free of any insect damage. It is also recommended to avoid any leaves that have been rinsed or otherwise treated with water, as this will affect the flavor and aroma of the finished product. The leaves should be a little dry when harvesting, as this will help them hold together more easily during the drying process.

To prepare the mint leaves for smoking, place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer and warm them in the oven at 180 F or 80 C for two hours, checking on them frequently to make sure they do not burn. Be careful not to overheat the leaves, as they are done when they have lost their color and feel brittle.

After drying the leaves, store them in an airtight container (like a glass jar with a lid or a plastic container) in a cool, dark location. They will remain good for up to one year.


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