Hairy Mountain Mint. Photo: Mervin Wallace
Mountain Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
By Nadia Navarrete-Tindall
Dr. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall, the Specialty Crops Director at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, is an advisor to the Grow Native! program, and owns Native Plants and More, a consultation business. She lives in Columbia, MO and is originally from El Salvador.
Hairy mountain mint (Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum) grows well under full sun to moderate shade. It’s a pollinator magnet! The leaves and flowers make a great tea, and the plant can be used to flavor ice cream and cheesecakes.
¾ cup heavy cream
8 hairy mountain mint cuttings (8 to 12 inches)
3 cream cheese packages (8 oz.) room temperature
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup crushed chocolate wafers
¾ cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
Photo by Nadia Navarrete-Tindall.