Peppermint

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

One of the most well known flavours worldwide, peppermint is actually a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. This member of the mint family has a cool yet peppery taste, often used as flavouring in chewing gum and toothpaste.

SPROUTS IN

Low: 10     High: 20

HARVEST IN

Low: 40     High: 60

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Peppermint is the best selling hard candy flavour!

Growing Tips

Growing Tips

Due to it's tendency to spread and take over gardens, peppermint grows best in containers where it can be managed. Mint tends to grow in clumps while establishing, but soon will grow and sprawl horiztonally to conquer new territory. To keep your plant contained, prune regularly and pull or pick unwanted growth.

Harvesting Tips

Harvesting Tips

You can begin picking mint leaves as soon as the plant has produced enough leaves to sustain growth at least 20 cm (8 inches)in height. Harvest leaves individually, or cut stems 3 cm above the soil for regrowth. Make sure to harvest before your plant starts to flower, or you will lose some of the distinct peppermint taste and smell.

Medicinal Uses

Medicinal Uses

Several studies suggest that peppermint oil can speed up the movement of food through the stomach, relieving digestive symptoms and some stomach upset.

Nutritional Benefits

Nutritional Benefits

Peppermint contains relatively high levels of Vitamin A, Iron, Manganese, and Folate

Recipes

Recipes

BLACKBERRY BASIL MOJITO

SUMMER SQUASH & BASIL PASTA

SWEET BASIL CHEESECAKE WITH LEMON CRUST