The Herb (Earth) Mint
There are many kinds of mint. On this site, we describe several species, such as mint, peppermint, and spearmint.
Get inspiration for the application of this herb on this page.
Or buy here the seeds to grow this herb yourself at home.
Properties/Characteristics of Mint
- Family: Labiatae
- Type of plant: Mentha species
- Biotope: Eurasia, Africa; fertile soil, sun, moisture.
- Originates from: England
There are many mint species and many varieties, partly because most species are creeping plants that cross easily. The stems of the mint plant are square and branched; they have aromatic leaves and flowers in the leaf axils.
The best-known mint species are Earthmint, Mentha spicata, and Peppermint, Mentha piperita. Some other species are:
- Earth mint, Mentha arvensis
- Lemon mint, Mentha x aquatica ‘citrata
- White mint, Mentha suavolens
- Red curly mint, Mentha x smithiana ‘rubra
- Water mint, Mentha aquatica
- Basilica mint, Mentha x aquatica
Name in Different Languages
- English: Mint
- German: Pfefferminzblatt
- French: Feuille de menthe
- Spanish: Menta
Use and Application of Mint
Mint, peppermint, and spearmint are used to flavor sauces, vinegar, vegetables, desserts, and drinks. Furthermore, the leaves are candied. The taste of fresh mint is peppermint-like. The dried form is somewhat musty.
In English cuisine, it is used in sauces and stews. Greek cuisine is also used in sauces and stewed with lamb and mutton. In Indian cuisine, mint is used in drinks and chutneys.
In the Turkish kitchen in soups and salads. Lemon mint is added explicitly to chicken and in fruit salads and drinks.
White mint also tastes very good in fruit salads. Red raripila mint has a soft taste and fits well in salads, desserts, and drinks.
Mint tea is trendy in the Arab world. The cooling leaf tea of peppermint relieves colds with fever and motion sickness.
Healing Characteristics of Mint
Mint can flavor pickles, cigarettes, drinks, toothpaste, and medicines.
The mint varieties are:
- Promote digestion
- Reduce flatulence
Peppermint also has many other properties:
- Has sweat-inducing properties
Inhalation of the essential oil reduces nausea and improves concentration.