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most varieties semi-dormant in winter.

mint used in teeth cleaning preparations as far back as 6th century

eastern herb – introduced to Europe through north Africa

Spearmint and Peppermint asr a favourite for tea

Greeks used mint to clean their dining tables and in their bath water.

Romans regaurded mint as a stimulant and used it in sauces.  They are also responsible for bringing mint to Britain.

Grows by runners

Excellent for plating around fruit trees (mow it if it grows out too far)


prone to rust.  If this happens cut it right back to ground level, cover with compost and water.  it will generally spring back rust free.

Companion to cabbages and tomatoes.  May act as a deterant to white cabbage butterfly.

chopped and mixed with vegetables such as peas, tomatoes, cucumber, and potatoes

mint sauce with roast lamb

flavour diminishes the longer it is cooked.  Add at the last minute


Japanese mint Mentha arvensis L. – source of true menthol

rub a leaf to rupture the oil glands and inhale if you have a blocked nose or chew a leaf for a sore throat

Excellent chopped in a fruit salad

Coat in chocolate and serve with coffee


Peppermint  (mentha x piperita)

high in magnesium and helps to relax the stomach


Sweet mint

a soft mint not prone to rust.




can become invasive


Vietnamese mint Persicaria odorata

laska leaf

eaten raw in salads or in spring rolls


used alongside mint and coriander

does not tolerate frost

fertile soil with plenty of moisture



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