My three favorites for cooking are peppermint, spearmint, and orange or bergamot mint. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita ‘Mitcham’). The best-tasting peppermint is found under various names throughout the country: ‘Mitcham’, black-stemmed, ‘Blue Balsam’, and even chocolate mint.
Which mint is good for cooking?
Spearmint. Spearmint is most commonly used in cooking for many recipes, including lamb, vegetables, and of course, mint juleps and mojitos.
When a recipe calls for mint what kind of mint is it?
So when a recipe calls for mint, it’s generally spearmint, recognizable for its light-green, spear-shaped leaves and that classic sweet mint flavor. Spearmint is also commonly used to make gum and candy.
Do bugs hate mint?
Mint plants have a pungent and invigorating aroma that can be used for teas and even salads. The fragrance of some mint varieties doesn’t sit well with insects, however. That means that you can use mint as a pest deterrent. … However, gardeners swear that bugs don’t like mint, including mosquitoes and spiders.
Is any mint poisonous?
No, not every type of mint is safe to eat. Some are grown as trees or shrubs, while others are purely decorative. The best way to tell if it’s edible is by seeing how it smells. For instance, peppermint and spearmint have a strong wintergreen aroma.
Does mint attract anything?
Mint is an unusual plant in that it not only attracts beneficial insects, but repels many unwanted insects as well.
Which mint has the strongest smell?
Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)
There are many different types of mint, including closely related plants like lemon balm and catnip. I enjoy peppermint the most because, to me, it has the strongest aroma and flavor.
Which is better for you spearmint or peppermint?
Spearmint contains vitamins, antioxidants, and vital nutrients. Its aroma is very similar to that of peppermint. It contains less menthol than peppermint, but it is rich in limonene, dihydrocarvone, and cineol. It has a sweeter taste than peppermint.
Is spearmint bad for acid reflux?
Conclusion: Spearmint has no effect on LES pressure or acid reflux. Flavouring doses of spearmint do not produce more symptoms than placebo while high doses can be associated with symptoms, presumably from direct mucosal irritation but not reflux.
Which mint is easiest to grow?
As the name suggests, banana mint (Mentha arvensis ‘Banana’) is a low-growing variety with a scent and taste similar to bananas. Like all mints, it’s easy to grow and being perennial, will return year after year.