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Peppermint
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Mentha piperita

peppermint

plant overview
minty fresh peppermint

Peppermint is a member of the mint family that is widely distributed throughout Europe, North America and just about everywhere else. It is not a standard, naturally-occurring mint, however, but a cross hybrid between spearmint and watermint that escaped cultivation at some point. Nonetheless, the herb possesses all the aromatic and culinary virtues of its botanical parents. The dried leaf is commonly found in tea blends as well as herbal seasoning mixes. Dried peppermint is also used to produce infusions and infused oils for use in cosmetics. The powdered herb is encapsulated as a dietary supplement and also used to make natural dental preparations, such as herbal tooth powders.

Clicking "learn more" next to each variety will take you to individual product pages for details.
Peppermint
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on peppermint

description
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita, also known as M. balsamea) is a hybrid mint of the Lamiaceae family, a cross between watermint and spearmint.

The peppermint plant is an herbaceous rhizomatous perennial that grows up to 30–90 cm (12–35 in) tall. It has smooth stems that are square in cross section. The rhizomes are wide-spreading, fleshy, and bare fibrous roots.

The leaves are from 4–9 cm (1.6–3.5 in) long and 1.5–4 cm (0.59–1.6 in) broad, dark green with reddish veins, and with an acute apex and coarsely toothed margins. The leaves and stems are usually slightly fuzzy.

The flowers are purple, 6–8 mm (0.24–0.31 in) long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm (0.20 in) diameter; they are produced in whorls around the stem, forming thick, blunt spikes. Flowering is from mid to late summer.

The peppermint plant is fast growing once it sprouts, it spreads very quickly.

common names & nomenclature

Also known as:
peppermint, mentha x piperita, mentha balsamea, brandy mint


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range of peppermint

Peppermint is indigenous to Europe, and is now widespread in cultivation throughout all regions of the world.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting peppermint

climate
Peppermint generally grows best in moist, sun to part shade locations.

soil
The peppermint plant prefers moist, but not waterlogged soil.

growing
Peppermint reproduces rapidly and easily via division of the underground stolons. It can be invasive, so choose the garden location carefully.

harvesting
The leaves and flowering tops are harvested as soon as the flowers begin to open and can be dried.

preserving
Dried peppermint should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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