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Mint

Mint

Description

The leaves have a pleasant warm, fresh, aromatic, sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste.

Applications/Techniques

Mint is best when used fresh, in salads, garnishes, salsa verde, sauces and jellies. Use sparingly, mint can throw off the balance of many dishes.

History

Mint is primarily cultivated for its menthol, which is used in food, cosmetics, hygienics and medicine. Its oils are extracted through distillation to make a myriad of things, including toothpaste, candy, cough drops, chewing gum and therapeutic ointments

Mint, (Mentha) means "something that grows close to water" as it has been historically found growing in wet and damp regions. There are roughly 30 different species growing in temperate climates throughout the world. Mint identifications can become difficult as they are extremely variable and easily hybridized

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