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mint-plant (17K)

mint (8K) Color: Light to dark green
Flavor & Aroma: Fresh, strong, cool
Sensory Profile: Mint has an aromatic, strong, sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste.

Mint leaves are dried spearmint leaves of the species Mentha spicata. The dark green leaves have a pleasant warm, fresh, aromatic, sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste.

mint-dried (9K) Uses
Use in teas, beverages, jellies, syrups, ice creams, confections, and lamb dishes. Mint is used in Afghanistani, Egyptian, Indian, and Mid-Eastern cuisines and spice blends such as chat masola, mint sauce, and green Thai curry.

Mint is native to Europe and Asia and was previously grown in convent gardens. Today, Mint is commercially cultivated in the United States and Egypt.

Mint was used by the ancient Assyrians in rituals to their fire god. The ancient Hebrews scattered mint leaves on the synagogue floor so that each footstep would produce a fragrant whiff. Spearmint was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a flavoring herb, culinary condiment, and in perfumes and bath scents. Mint was named by the Greeks after the mythical character, Menthe. During the Middle Ages, besides culinary use, powdered mint leaves were used to whiten the teeth.

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