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Types of Mint

Types of MintA refreshing herb with a menthol scent, aroma and taste, mint has an invigorating effect to the senses and is used in cooking to give flavor to many kinds of savory dishes and used to garnish desserts. It is also widely used in medicine, aromatherapy, and in commercial products like toothpaste, chewing gum, soaps, mouthwash, creams, and balms. There are more than 20 species of the mint plant and hundreds of hybridized varieties. They vary in shape and color with a range of flavors and scents. Below are some of the most common types of mint used in cooking or for making tea.

Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the most recognizable types of mint. It has high menthol content and subtle sweetness with a distinctive candy-cane scent. It is excellent for making tea, ice cream, candy custards, and other desserts. It also helps relieve tummy aches and soothes tired muscles.

Spearmint

One of the most popular types of mint used for cooking and is well known as a flavor for gum, spearmint or garden mint has a delicate aroma and distinct flavor. The dark green leaves with pointed ends and jagged teeth make beautiful foliage and an ideal companion plant for roses since it is known to drive away aphids. It is the most common kind of mint used in the kitchen and can be used for savory or sweet dishes.

Chocolate mint

Perfect for chocolate desserts as its name suggests, chocolate mint has an aroma that recalls after-dinner mints for refreshing the palate after a rich lunch or spicy dinner.

Fruit-flavored mint

There are many kinds of fruit-flavored mints including orange mint, apple mint, lemon mint, lime mint, banana mint, and pineapple mint. This kind of mint has the distinctive menthol taste with fruity undertones or overtones. This is ideal for adding onto salads to give it a refreshing fruity and minty flavor, and is also excellent for making tea.

Corsican mint

With leaves that grow up to only a fourth of an inch in length, Corsican mint is the smallest mint foliage. The bright green leaves make it beautiful as ground covers and herbal landscape. When they are walked on they release a scent called “crème de menthe.”

Bowles

Bowles is widely used in English cooking. It has a fragrance that is a combination of spearmint and apple, with medium green leaves and a round shape with a hairy texture that might put off those who are not used to it.

Bowles

Bowles

Bowles mint has hairy green leaves with beautiful mauve [...]

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Chocolate Mint

Chocolate Mint

The fragrance of chocolate mint is quite a revelation [...]

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Corsican Mint

Corsican Mint

A species of mint native to Corsica, Sardinia, France, [...]

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Fruit-flavored Mint

Fruit-flavored Mint

Mint with a fruit scent makes a delicious addition [...]

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Peppermint

Peppermint

A hybrid mint, peppermint is a cross between spearmint [...]

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Spearmint

Spearmint

Spearmint is the most common type of mint used [...]

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