Bulk Spearmint leaf (Egypt) cut & sifted

Mentha spicata
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[ 5030 ]Mentha spicata

Spearmint leaf (Egypt) cut & sifted

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Spearmint is a member of the mint family that is widely distributed throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The dried leaf is commonly used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The herb is also tinctured or used to make syrup.

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approximate cups to one pound17
active compoundsVolatile oil, Flavonoid thymonin, Caffeic acid, Rosmarinic acid, Carvone, and Limonene.
plant part usedleaf
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaLeafy with a bright, minty aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil or tincture for use in making salves, ointments, soaps, lotions and other skin and hair products.
culinaryPrepare as tea, alone or in combination with other herbs.
householdTinctures or strong infusions may be used in natural cleaning formulas.
industrialSpearmint is widely used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

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spearmint leaf

Mint flavored. Goes well with many other herbs and serves as a background or base for tea blends.

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spearmint leaf

Spearmint, also known as Silver Mint and Our Lady's Mint, is a perennial, creeping herb native to Eurasia and now naturalized in many other places. It’s common name refers to the spear-shaped leaves that taper to a sharp point.

In Greek mythology, the goddess Persephone, jealous of Pluto's affection for the nymph Minthe, transformed Minthe into the spearmint plant. Pluto, unable to return the lovely nymph to her original form, ensured her that, at least, her fragrance would be enjoyed by all as a pleasant aroma, arising each time it was walked upon. In further consolation, the gods maintained special fields of mint just for bees to enjoy their sweet honey.

Spearmint owes its aroma to a compound known as R-(–)-carvone, and its flavor to trace amounts of menthol. The latter also lends flavor to cocktails like the mint julip, southern sweet tea and toothpaste.


It is considered to be a bee herb. Mythological gods maintained special fields of mint just for bees to enjoy in their prolific honeymaking.

Mints served as a form of currency in antiquity. Tables were scrubbed with fresh leaves in preparation for feasts. The naturalist Pliny (1 AD) had his students wrap their heads with mint braids to bring delight to the soul, improve the mind, and enhance scholarship. Aristotle prohibited soldiers' use of mint before battles, believing it would diminish their aggressiveness.  In the Middle Ages it said to have mystical powers and was used to dispel the evil eye.

In the Middle Ages it was commonly included in what were called strewing herbs, scattered about the floors of dwellings for its delicious fragrance, it also discouraged rodent infestations. Sprigs were kept with stored grains to repel rodents. It was used as a cleansing tonic and to help purify drinking water that had turned stale.

Steam vapor of infused mint has been used to freshen the air in hospitals. Mints were used to scent bath water.

Mint, untaxed by the English government, became a popular tea substitute during the American Revolution. Spearmint then became a significant cash crop in Connecticut. Its popularity returned during the American Civil War when imported black tea was virtually unavailable.

Each year approximately 3 million pounds of spearmint are grown in the US, 70 % of the world's mint supply. In 13,000 sticks of chewing gum there is one pound of mint oil. About half of all spearmint oil is used to flavor gum, 45 % is used in dentifrices. The remaining 10 % goes into confections, liqueurs and other goods. The ideal location for growing mint was noted to be north of the 45th parallel. Washington and Oregon lead in US mint-production.

Description: Spearmint is a creeping-rooted, herbaceous plant with erect, branching, quadrangular, smooth stems, growing to 2 ft. high. Leaves are subsessile, ovate-lanceolate, unequally serrated, and smooth; Leaves beneath flowers are bract-like, longer than the whorls; these leaves and calyces are hairy or smooth. Flowers are light-purplish of 4-lobed corolla and four rather long stamens, formed in cylindrical. spikes and are loose. Whorls approximated, or the lowest or all of them distant; peduncles smooth, round, and shining. Calyx is bell-shaped and 5-toothed. Corolla funnel-shaped.odor aromatic; taste pungent.

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