General Description

Mint is the dried leaf of a perennial herb. There are two important species, Mentha spicata L. (spearmint) and Mentha piperita L. (peppermint).

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Traditional Ethnic Uses

Mint jelly served with lamb, sprinkled in peas, or in chocolate desserts.

Taste and Aroma Description

Mint is strong and sweet with a tangy flavor and a cool after taste.

History/Region of Origin

Spearmint and peppermint are both native to Asia. Peppermint was used by Egyptians, and spearmint is mentioned in the Bible. Spearmint grew wild in the United States after the 1600's, and peppermint was cultivated commercially before the Civil War.

Storage Tips

Store in cool, dark, dry places.

A Few Ideas to Get You Started

Use mint in salad dressings, flavored tea, and zesty marinades. Stir into warmed apple or currant jelly for a quick meat sauce or dessert topping.