Botanical Name Mentha is given to Mint species. There are hundreds of varieties.
Plant pieces of root and keep moist till the leaves start to appear. Mint enjoys a damp environment and likes shade or sun. If it is grown under a tap it is happy to catch the extra water that falls there.
Mint dances happily across the garden with it many colours and scents. The range is amazing and each species has its own unique scent that livens up your life. There is Peppermint, Spearmint, Pineapple Mint, Common Mint, Penny Royal Mint, Wild Mint and Chocolate Mint.
Penny Royal Mint makes a fantastic path plant, it enjoys being walked on and sends up it heady smell to soothe you after a hard day.
Mint can ‘take over’, so it needs to be ‘weeded’ if it seems to be getting out of hand. Sometimes it is best grown in a pot, to keep it from invading.
Mints Companions and Antagonists
Mint especially keeps the white cabbage moth away. Mint is a pest repellent and Cabbage, Tomato, Chamomile and Zucchini really benefit from being close by.
Strawberry and mint do not get on well together.
Mints nutritional value
A mint tea can help cure colds and flu. It is great to help indigestion, flatulence and nausea. Mint can be used to clean the breath and the skin. A few leaves in your bath refresh you after a long tiring day.
Mint is a great herb and culinary friend, but you must be careful of using mint when you are pregnant, as it is extremely strong. Penny Royal Mint is known to cause spontaneous abortion in animals.
Cooking with mint
Besides being an insect repellent, Mint can be used to flavour food, sweet or savoury. Mint jelly and leg of lambs are inseparable. Mint in puddings and ice cream is a treat. A leaf or two in a salad or a salad dressing makes a refreshing change to the norm. You can use Mint to garnish all sorts of food. Mint makes a delicious invigorating tea on a hot summer’s day.
Refreshing Mint Tea
2-3 sprigs of Mint
Break up the mint, using your fingers. Allow the boiling water to stand for a few minutes after it has boiled, then pour it over the mint in the teapot. Add 2 -4 teaspoons of honey should you prefer the tea sweet. Allow to stand till the tea is cold. Add ice and a few fresh mint leaves and serve in a tall glass. Sip and relax.
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