Mint is a hardy herb with a potent fragrance that's easy to incorporate into warm-weather recipes. Baltimore chef Galen Sampson uses the refreshing herb in his strawberry and asparagus salad and in a chilled soup made with creme fraiche. "It sort of uplifts a dish," Sampson says. "It sort of wakes up your palate, I think, so you can taste more dimensions in the food."

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