Latin Name: Mentha spicata syn. Mentha viridis
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Other Names: Spearmint, Fish Mint, Garden Mint, Green Mint, Hierbabuena, Lamb Mint, Mackerel Mint, Menta Verde, Menthe Verte, Menthe Douce, Menthe des Jardins, Our Lady's Mint, Pahari Pudina, Putiha, Yerbabuena.
Description: Mint is a hardy herbaceous perennial, native to Europe and southwest Asia and now found cultivated in North America and most temperate regions across the globe. It grows to a height of 30–100cm and has a square stem like other members of the Lamiaceae family. The leaves are mid-green in colour, ovate in shape with a serrated leaf edge and are 5–9 cm in length. The inflorescences present as whorled, slender spikes of pink or white flowers which are 2.5–3 mm in length.
Brief History: In Greek myth, Minthe was the name of a beautiful water nymph that was pursued by Pluto, god of the underworld. When his wife Persephone found out about the dalliance she turned Minthe into a plant that would be trodden underfoot. Having been caught in the act, Pluto could do nothing but accept his wife's vengeance. The ancient Romans used mint to adorn themselves and their tables, Pliny the Elder, advised scholars to wear a crown of mint to aid concentration.
Ingredients: The dried rubbed leaves of Mentha spicata.
WARNING Mint can cause severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in susceptible individuals. Mint also contains a naturally occurring source of salicylates and is best avoided by people eating a salicylate free diet.
SUGGESTED USEMint has a variety of uses in both sweet and savoury dishes; it is a common flavouring in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking where it is used in salads, teas, chutneys, relishes and sauces. Mint has a distinctive, refreshing flavour that is particularly pleasant in summer drinks, soups and salads. Try adding a little to a shortbread mixture with some chocolate chips for a choc mint flavour. Sprinkle on fruit salads and savoury salads and use to make classic mint sauce.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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