Q.

How many fresh mint leaves are there in a pound?

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A.

Each pound of mint contains roughly 160 five-inch mint sprigs.  It’s impossible to guarantee a specific number of leaves, sprigs, or even a very tight range, but each pound will likely contain something like 6.72 ounces of leaves, well over 382 in number.  Read below for a more detailed explanation.

Because, like most herbs, fresh mint tends to be sold as semi-standardized bunches and sprigs rather than individual leaves, the number of leaves in a pound can be difficult to estimate beyond a broad range.  Indeed, the foodservice industry usually does not think of useable mint per pound in terms of the actual number of leaves, but rather by weight.

Amount of Mint Leaves per Pound (by Weight & Volume)

Our mint has been estimated to contain about 160 five-inch sprigs per pound…but it’s very difficult to specify a number of leaves. 

Fortunately, there’s actually a book that professional chefs use to estimate how much ingredients will yield once they’ve been broken down from their shipped state (for example, when you cut up and remove the rind from a melon, how much edible melon do you actually have left?).  Called “The Book of Yields”, in the case of mint it says to generally assume that 42% (by weight) of the fresh mint ordered will be the actual leaves.  That equates to about 6.72 ounces of mint leaves per pound (roughly 62 tablespoons chopped).

Number of “Garnish Quality” Mint Leaves Per Pound

The “Book of Yields” also provides a numerical estimate for chefs looking for the very best leaves for garnishing purposes.  In the case of mint, a VERY rough estimate is that you will receive around 382 “garnish leaves” per pound…which are defined as largest, most attractive leaves suitable for decorating fine-dining plates. 

The total number of leaves per pound will be noticeably higher, and in general the bulk fresh herbs we sell are better quality than what you’re used to seeing in grocery stores.  Garnish leaves are simply the very best of the best.

- Question Submitted by Kim




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4 Responses to “How many fresh mint leaves are there in a pound?”

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    Ginny says:

    I want to order fresh mint for a Kentucky Derby Party. How far in advance do I need to order for cheapest delevery to arrive on May 2? I prfer peppermint, but is spearmint the typical mint in a mint julip?

    Thank you,
    Ginny

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Ginny,

    Traditionally the mint in mint julep is spearmint, which has a less intensely menthol-y, more herbal flavor that won’t overpower the bourbon. Spearmint is what I’d strongly recommend. If you want to try peppermint, I’d try it in a test julep to see how you like the flavor.

    All of our fresh herb prices include FedEx Overnight shipping (though there is an extra charge for delivery Saturdays or to Alaska or Hawaii). We unfortunately cannot ship herbs any slower because there’s too high a risk of their quality being damaged in transit.

    For people needing herbs for important events on specific days (like weddings or the Kentucky Derby) we typically recommend ordering for delivery two days before, to protect against the very rare occurrence that FedEx is slow delivering and we need to reship.

    Mint and peppermint should last for about a week when stored in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

    Matthew
    Marx Foods

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    Vanessa says:

    Hello,

    For my wedding, my signature drink is mojitos, I have approximately 120 guests and I’m not sure how much mint I should purchase. My wedding is November 29th 2014. How much mint should I purchase and when should I make the purchase.

    Thank you

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    It ultimately depends on how much mint your mojito recipe calls for and whether you’re adding additional sprigs as a garnish. My preferred mojito recipe (which is made by the glass) calls for one sprig’s leaves for muddling into the drink, plus an additional whole sprig for garnish.

    If you were to serve one of these to each of your guests, you’re going to need 240 sprigs. Given our rough estimate that there are 160 sprigs in a pound, I’d probably buy two pounds (three if you want to play it very safe & have extra for other applications (decorating the bar or platters, etc)…it’s not much more expensive).

    That said, I’ve been served signature mojitos at weddings without a full sprig garnish, so if you went that way you’d need much less. The best advice I can offer is to test your mojito recipe now until you have one you like, then extrapolate the amount out to the number of guests using the above estimates.

    Definitely err on the side of ordering more than you need. The above numbers are estimates based on the average of how mint is sold in the industry, not our product specifically. Spearmint is always sold by weight, not by the number of sprigs.

    When you order your mint, you’ll be asked for a preferred delivery date. We’ll hold onto your order and ship it (overnight) the day before. Given that you are ordering for an important event on a specific day, I’d order for delivery a couple days ahead for your peace of mind.

    It’s rare that FedEx loses a package, but the few days’ grace period gives us time to re-ship in case something goes wrong.

    As to when you should order, it shouldn’t matter overmuch. Order when it’s convenient in your planning process (though I’d err on the side of ordering early rather than late).

    Let us know if you have any more questions or concerns!

    Matthew
    Marx Foods