Mint

Mint

Culinary uses

Leaves are widely used in flavouring, with peas and potatoes, and for making mint sauce and jelly to accompany lamb – also as an ingredient of herb teas, iced drinks, appetisers and salads.

Properties

An aromatic stimulant herb, which improves digestion and relieves spasms. Mint oil is less pungent than peppermint oil and is non-irritant.

Medicinal uses

Internally for colic, wind, indigestion, hiccups and feverish childhood illnesses.

How to grow

Plant mint in rich moist soil in sun or partial shade, after sowing seed in spring, or buying plants which can be divided in spring. Fully hardy.