Many Forms of Mint

There are more than 20 species of mint. And since it is easy to hybridize mint, there are hundreds of varieties of mint from which to choose. Mint varieties may vary considerably in appearance, but the common denominator is the characteristic menthol flavor and aroma. Here are just a few of the most common and interesting mints to grow and cook with.

Spearmint When you purchase a package of mint in the supermarket, it is most likely spearmint. This common mint, also called garden mint, has a distinct aroma and a light, low-menthol flavor. Suitable for both sweet and savory dishes, spearmint is the most practical mint for cooking.

Peppermint Peppermint’s high menthol content and delicate sweetness make it an ideal flavoring for candies and teas. It’s not recommended for salads, but an infusion of peppermint is delightful in ice creams, custards and desserts.

Chocolate Mint This is a type of peppermint with a delightful aroma reminiscent of after-dinner mints. It’s perfect for adding a minty flavor to chocolate desserts.

Fruit-Flavored Mints You can choose from an incredible array of fruit-flavored mints, including apple, orange, lemon, lime, pineapple and banana. These mints make delightful garnishes for fruit desserts.