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Studying different culinary terms, learning and practicing recipes all the time. I am very passionate about food and family. I cook at work and at home.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mint

There are many different varieties of mint, each with its own distinctive flavor and aroma. Spearmint is the most popular mint, with its pointed, serrated leaves it is most commonly used to make mint jelly to accompany lamb. Spearmint historically was used for its digestive and mouth freshening qualities. In several different parts of the globe it is used to make preferred teas.
Peppermint being the second most popular form of mint with longer, darker leaves and a stronger flavor is a cross between spearmint and water mint. Peppermint oil is a very popular ingredient in toothpastes, chewing gums, sweets and aftershave. It is also considered to be an effective decongestant and antiseptic agent. Apple mint is also a popular form of mint, just not as popular as spearmint and peppermint, with softer green leaves and a more subtle fruitier flavor. Lemon and pineapple mint also have a soft, fruity flavor and is good for making summertime beverages.