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Mint Varieties

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2008

There are a lot of wonderful savory and sweet recipes that include mint. It gets its enticing aroma from menthol, which is oil in the leaf. You can find these easy-to-grow mint varieties at nurseries or farmers' markets. Mint should be planted in sun or partial shade with high moisture. It grows vigorously, so be careful where you plant it. You can cut it frequently to keep it in control.

Spearmint is most commonly used in cooking for many recipes, including lamb, vegetables, and of course, mint juleps and mojitos.

A hybrid of spearmint and water mint, peppermint is stronger than spearmint and is often used in tea and desserts.

Apple Mint
With fuzzy leaves, apple mint smells like Granny Smith apples, and is used to make tea orĀ as a garnish, or can be added to salads.

Pineapple Mint
A variety of apple mint, pineapple mint has crinkled leaves with creamy edges, and can be used ornamentally in the garden.

Orange Mint
With mild, citrus flavored leaves, orange mint is good to use as a garnish or in salsas and salads because of its mild flavor.

Chocolate Mint
Strong like peppermint with a chocolate overtone, chocolate mint is good to use for desserts.

Mint may be found at nurseries or farmers' markets. The apron sent to our viewer mail participant is from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's.

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