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Special herbs

SPECIAL HERBS

Our special herb varieties are only grown based on customer demand.

Apple Mint

Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) is a lovely, aromatic plant that can rapidly become obnoxious if not contained. When kept confined, this is a beautiful herb with many fantastic culinary, medicinal and decorative properties

Uses

Apple Mint may be used in preparing jams, jellies, tea, sauces and desserts. The dried form of apple mint leaves can be used to prepare delicious potpourri. The leaves may also be used in making fruit salads. They may be added to cottage cheese and cream cheese. They are a tacky addition to Mediterranean cuisines, vinaigrettes and sauces.

Banana Mint

Banana mint plants (Mentha arvensis ‘Banana’) are a variety of mint with bright, fuzzy, lime-green foliage and a pronounced, very delightful aroma of banana. Like all mint plants, growing banana mint is easy. Read on for all the banana mint information you need to get started with this fun, and rather quirky plant.

Uses

Fresh banana mint leaves add flavor to hot and cold tea, adult beverages, ice cream and baked goods, such as muffins and cookies. The leaves are also easy to dry for use in the off-season.

Chocolate Mint

Chocolate mint plants (Mentha x piperita ‘Chocolate’) are attractive, fragrant and easy to grow. As with most square-stemmed members of the mint family, growing chocolate mint can take over the area in which it is planted in the ground, readily and quickly.

Ginger Mint

Ginger mint (Mentha x gracilis syn. Mentha x gentilis) is a cross between corn mint and spearmint, and smells very much like spearmint. Often called slender mint or scotch mint, variegated ginger mint plants have beautiful bright yellow stripes on the leaves.

Ginger mint plants are usually sterile and don’t set seeds, but you can propagate the plant by taking softwood cuttings or rhizomes from an existing plant. You can also purchase a starter plant at a greenhouse or nursery specializing in herbs.

Uses

Ginger mint herbs are a delightful addition to fresh summer melon salads, as well as warm or cool teas and lemonade. Finely chopped pieces of mint may be added to softened butter for a delicious spread. Fresh grilled meats taste great with a lemon juice and mint leaf marinade.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a type of hybrid mint, bred through a combination of spearmint and watermint. Scientifically known as Mentha x Piperita, this plant is found throughout the world. Peppermint grows particularly well in moist and shady areas. It has a spicy refreshing flavor that makes it a popular ingredient in many different foods, candies, and desserts, among others. The leaves of this plant are the primary parts that are used, due to the presence of the essential oil, which contains high levels of menthone, menthol, limonene, and various other acids, compounds, and antioxidants. While many people use the terms mint and peppermint interchangeably, mint may refer to different types of mint, whereas the latter is a specific variety.

Benefits

There is a wide range of health effects associated with peppermint including its ability to relieve hay fever symptoms, prevent nausea, vomiting, and improve memory and cognitive performance, among many others.

  1. Relieving the common cold and respiratory conditions
  2. Easing menstrual symptoms
  3. Healing chronic wounds
  4. Treating spasms
  5. Treating infantile colic
  6. Reducing shingles-associated pain
  7. Clearing out the sinuses

One of Our Peppermint Blocks

Pineapple Mint

Pineapple mint is a variegated cultivar of apple mint (Mentha suaveolens). It features attractive, variegated leaves, usually with white margins, on plants that grow up to a foot tall. The leaves are bumpy and hairy and the white edging can make them look as though they are sporting a ruffle. White or light pink flowers bloom on small spikes at the top of the plant in summer. The flowers attract a wide variety of pollinating insects, including bees and butterflies. Deer dislike strong fragrances and hairy leaves, so they have two reasons to dislike pineapple mint. Grow pineapple mint in full sun or partial shade in rich, moist soil. Plants grown in sun tend to stand upright, while those that get afternoon shade sprawl near the ground.

Uses

1. Toss in your fruit salad.
Pineapple mint pairs well with tropical fruits such as mango. Chop a variety of fruits up and toss some whole or chopped pineapple mint leaves in. Allow the mixture to set in a refrigerator for an hour before serving so the flavors have time to infuse.

2.  Use as a beverage garnish or infusion.
Iced tea, tropical fruit smoothies, and even hot teas can all be given a garnish or infusion of flavor from pineapple mint. You may add the leaves and then strain, or toss the leaves in as a garnish and leave them be. You may also freeze chopped pineapple mint into ice cubes to flavor your cold drinks gradually. The choices are endless.

3. Give your meat a flavorful kick.
Pineapple mint pairs well with lamb and chicken. Add a few springs to your marinade and give your meats a unique flavor you won’t soon forget. You can even try it on fish for a taste straight from the islands.

Strawberry Mint

Its a perennial plant
Strawberry Mint is a hardy perennial with small green leaves and lilac flowers in summer.
It has the wonderful scent of strawberries with a fruity base.
Strawberry Mint will do well in a partly shady position and its compact size makes it well suited for containers and hanging baskets.

Uses

A tea made with Strawberry Mint can help relieves symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and inhibits the growth of some types of bacteria.
The tea can be gargled to relieve a sore throat.
The leaves can be chewed to freshen the breath.
Crushed leaves can be applied to your temples to ease a headache or/ and it can be put directly onto insect stings.

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