Look for bright green leaves. The leaves of the mint plant should be free of brown spots and wilt.


Wash mint with the leaves on the stems lightly inĀ coldĀ running water to remove any soil, dust, bugs, or other foreign material. Drain thoroughly on absorbent towels or hang plants upside down in the sun until the water evaporates.


Herbs must be dried thoroughly before storing. Snip the ends and place in a small vase with fresh water and place on the counter. It should last several days this way. If you need the mint to stay fresh slightly longer, another way to store the mint is to seal it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. This should keep the mint fresh for ten to fourteen days.