Real World Gardener Mint in Cooking in Spice It Up

May 19th, 2016

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SPICE IT UP

MINTS

Originally taken as a medicinal herb to treat stomach ache and chest pains, nowadays it’s mostly called upon for soothing indigestion to heartburn and the common cold to bad breath.

There are three common mints:

  1. Mentha viridis or common min has a rounded leaf and not as bright as
  2. Mentha spicata or spearmint which has a more elongated leaf. 
  3. Then there's Peppermint, Mentha x piperita, which is a cross between spearmint and watermint.



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Mentha spicata



Not all mints are equal and if you want to add the best culinary type mint to your cooking then you need to pay attention to this next segment. Let’s find out what it is now. I'm talking with Not all mints are equal and if you want to add the best culinary type mint to your cooking then you need to pay attention to this next segment.

I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au

Not all mints are equal and if you want to add the best culinary type mint to your cooking then you need to pay attention to this next segment.

Herbies Spices sells dried mint which is imported from Turkey.

Peppermint wasn't known in the UK until the 1700's.

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Peppermint

Peppermint is mostly used medicinally and in sweets or confectionary, but not in savoury cooking.

Apple mint is a less common mint but can be used in cooking. Apple mint flavour goes well with peas and in mint ice.

On the other hand Eau de Cologne mint is not suitable in any recipe.

Although mint is easy to grow, its roots, which are called "runners," are also incredibly invasive: they quickly grow, sprouting new leaves and new plants as they go.

Mint will overtake a flower bed or garden in no time if you're not careful

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