Mint, Peppermint

Grown in the wild, it can be found near streams and drainage ditches. Peppermint is a herbaceous, perennial that is winter hardy in zones 5-11. Cut back old growth late fall and mulch over if winter is harsh in your area. The best tasting leaves are from new young plant growth. Prefers moist, rich sandy loam, well drained soil in the garden or in a container. Avoid rust on leaves from using cow manure or excessively

Oil of peppermint is also very aromatic and flavorful in making confectionary sweets such as hard candy, cake frosting and ice cream. Other uses of it's oil are in toothpaste, mouthwash, perfumes and lip balms.

One of Americas biggest producers of peppermint oil is "Wrigley's double mint gum"(copyright) Vast fields of both peppermint & spearmint are grown in states above the 41st parallel. The company claims that the colder climate produces a stronger more flavorful oil. The oil is then distilled and shipped worldwide to factories for chewing gum production. Chocolate and mint go very well together, a vast supply of recipes mixing the two can be found on the web, just search: chocolate mint

Peppermint is a hybrid mint, meaning that it is a cross between watermint and spearmint. High in vitamins A, vitamin C , manganese as well as other nutrients. Another name for Peppermint, the "candy" mint, is thought to be sweeter. Some say if you wash a sprig, dip it in sugar, shake of the excess and eat it, you'll taste a true peppermint candy.

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