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All about mint for use in cooking and in recipes.



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

Region Produced

United States

Traditional Uses

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

Aroma & Taste

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


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


Store in cool, dark, dry places.

Mint growing in garden


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.

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