Many recipes tell you to use 1 "bunch of mint", 1/2 cup of chopped mint leaves, or even 2 ounces of mint but how much mint is in a bunch, a cup or an ounce? It can be problematic to know what that really means. Different stores carry different sizes of mint bunches and many people grow their own mint as well so their "bunch" will be whatever they decide on. This makes it even more challenging to know how much to actually use.
In order to figure out how much is a bunch of mint we went to the market and to see what they thought a "bunch of mint" was. We determined that an average grocery store bunch weighed 3.2 ounces and contained about 80 sprigs of mint.
So we chose an average bunch of mint for our test sample to determine how many "bunches" you need for a specific amount of chopped leaves. We discovered that there is about 2/3 cup or 10 to 11 tablespoons of chopped mint leaves in a bunch. There are almost 2 cups of loosely packed mint leaves in a bunch. In addition, we found 1 cup of chopped mint weighed about 1.6 ounces, and 1 ounce of mint contained 23-25 sprigs.
Did you know that mint plants originate in the Mediterranean region and have been found in Egyptian tombs from as far back as 1000 BC! Mint gets its name from Menthe a Greek mythical character. The United States produces 70% of the World's peppermint and spearmint. And finally, the common garden variety of mint is really spearmint.
So we now know that "How much is a bunch of mint" is about 3.2 ounces of mint. If you are buying from the grocery store you can check the weight on the scale there and if you are growing your own mint you can just use a kitchen scale to measure it. We recommend this one which we use at home and enjoy: Oxo Good Grips Food Scale. To determine how many bunches of mint you need to get the necessary amount of chopped mint leaves you can use the converter below.
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