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Mint is grown for its aromatic and flavorful leaves. Oval and serrated, the leaves of mint are indented with veins and come to a point. They impart a fresh clean scent and a strong mint flavor with sweet overtones. Leaves are commonly bright to dark green in color but some varieties can be purple, gray-green or even pale yellow. If allowed to flower mint will produce white and lavender to purple petite blooms. Young leaves will have the best flavor and texture, leaves allowed to mature on the plant for too long will become bitter and woodsy in flavor. The cool taste and sensation mint imparts is a result of the naturally occurring compound, menthol contained in the herb.
Mint is available year-round.
Mint, of the genus mentha is a perennial herb and a member of the Lamiaceae or mint family along with other oil bearing herbs such as basil, rosemary, lavender and thyme. Today mint is commonly used for its oil which is utilized in production of foods, toothpaste, soaps, candy, gums, cleaning products and cough drops as well as in therapeutic creams, oils and ointments. This mint comes from Ranchez de Sanchez near Fallbrook, CA.