I went to the supermarket to pick up the ingredients that I needed for a cocktail to bring to a BYOB pool party. One ingredient on my list was fresh mint. In the produce department, I noticed live plants in small starter pots for $2.50, including mint, basil, etc. The plant was cheaper than the mint that was packaged and ready-to-use so I purchased the plant instead.
It stayed perky and fresh for my cocktails at the party, and then when I brought it home to plant in a pot on my patio, it stayed healthy and vibrant. I had fresh mint all summer long! I have done this before with basil, too, when I needed it for a recipe. You save money and always have it on hand! Monica