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Giant mint leaves as a new kind of produce

I think slective breeding could create much larger mint leaves, with milder flavor, that could be a popular new vegetable
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Kale tastes like kale.

Selective Breeding mint leaves to be gigantic as well as more mildly flavored certainly seems possible.

This creates a new vegetable people might like!

(pre-breeding this could be tested with gibberelin on mint)

beanangel, Oct 04 2016

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       I've always thought my elephant ear plant could taste better.
whatrock, Oct 04 2016
  

       Grown large, mint leaves have an unpleasant texture.
Voice, Oct 05 2016
  

       How about 'breeding' venus fly traps that eat pigeons? There are far too many pigeons; I don't approve of animal killing to reduce their population, but I'm ok with it in the natural world (ie the non-human world) and once the plants have digested them, they would be suitable for vegetarians to eat.
xenzag, Oct 05 2016
  

       One would need a mint shaving device if this were to be done with spearmint.   

       I would point out that basil has smooth leaves, is in the mint family, and is enthusiastically eaten worldwide.
bungston, Oct 05 2016
  

       /I'm ok with it in the natural world (ie the non-human world) and once the plants have digested them, they would be suitable for vegetarians to eat./   

       If an animal is affixed near the plant such that it cannot leave, it eventually dies of its own accord and nourishes the plant. I hope for this conclusion myself, although more the dying of my own accord near the plant and nourishing than the getting affixed part.
bungston, Oct 05 2016
  

       New Potatoes Now Frying! - nourished by the festering remains of the character known as bungston (of halfbakery fame), to create a unique flavour that lies somewhere between burnt tyres, frogspawn and oil of cloves.
xenzag, Oct 05 2016
  

       mmm. clovy.
bungston, Oct 05 2016
  

       Should the “as” actually be an “us”?
Ian Tindale, Oct 05 2016
  

       That would be kind.   

       Also, could the same result not be obtained by adding a few mint leaves to kale whilst cooking it?   

       For a reason which I have never completely underhended, it is possible to buy tinned peas with mint. Whether anybody actually does so, I do not know.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2016
  

       // could the same result not be obtained by adding a few mint leaves to kale whilst cooking it ? //   

       Yes, of course. The process can be analysed thus:   

       A. Without mint:   

       1. Cook the kale. 2. Throw it away, because it's disgusting   

       B. With mint:   

       1. Cook the kale and mint together. 2. Throw it away, because it's still disgusting.   

       In both cases, the important (indeed critical) step of the sequence is throwing the kale (with or without mint) away.
8th of 7, Oct 05 2016
  

       Shame on you, [8th]. Kale, properly prepared, is one of the most delicious foods you will ever taste. I could practically live on the stuff - either on its own, or in a sandwich - in fact there is no bad way to eat kale that I know of. Only a fool or an ignoramus would reject it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2016
  

       No, wait - I was thinking of bacon.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2016
  

       Well, at least the idea does not involve selective breeding.
normzone, Oct 05 2016
  
      
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