After grinding cereal plants, flour is obtained. Well-known raw materials for obtaining flour are wheat, rye, oats, millet, corn, rice and others. Along with this, flour is also produced from other crops that do not belong to cereals. Such are potatoes, soybeans, buckwheat, tapioca. Regardless of the raw material, the flour is used in the same way.
A lesser known fact is that flour can also be made from other plants such as the herb - mint. The raw material for it is the dried leaves of the plant, which are grinded. The resulting mint flour allows to use the most beneficial properties of the herb.
How has mint flour earned its place among other flours? Let's take a look at the benefits and culinary uses of mint flour!
Beneficial properties of mint flour
The mint plant is distinguished by its rich composition consisting of manganese, vitamins C and A, carotenoids, including beta carotene. Beta carotene, like vitamin C, has an essential role in the prevention of cancer. Other beneficial substances that mint contains are dietary fiber, folate, iron, magnesium and calcium.
Among the medicinal properties of mint are nausea relief, stomach ache and gas relief. The herb quells disturbances in the digestive tract and improves appetite. It is recommended to take the herb in small doses and mint tea is most often used.
Mint has an anti-inflammatory and choleretic effect. In folk medicine, it is a medicinal herb for biliary diseases and accumulation of gallstones, chronic form of pancreatitis, diarrhea and other complaints from the digestive system.
It is also a popular remedy for diseases of the respiratory system, cough and bronchitis. It has an antiseptic and pain-relieving effect.
Mint flour is used to prepare mint decoction. It is used for nervous disorders, inflammatory processes in the gums and toothache.
Mint flour is prepared in a special way and is used both for drinking and for chewing. For this purpose, 1 tablespoon of mint flour is mixed with 10 spoons of red wine. The resulting mixture is kept for 8 days. The recommended dosage is 2 tablespoons after a meal for both drinking and gargling.
Mint flour is also suitable for compresses for skin rashes, bruises and boils.
Mint flour in cooking
The use of mint flour in cooking is diverse. Mint flour is gluten-free, so it can be used in a variety of gluten-free recipes. As you can guess, it adds a fascinating minty flavor to recipes.
Can be added to hot and cold drinks, cocktails, shakes, healthy smoothies, cream soups.