Name: Mint

Latin Name: Mentha

Description

Mint is a sweet, fresh herb used both for food or medicine.

Mint is an aromatic plant native to temperate regions of the Old World, several kinds of which are used as culinary herbs.

Members of the mint family produce green bushy plants. While most varieties attain a height of 1-3 feet, they are nevertheless sometimes used as ground cover. The Leaf colour varies by species, and the flowers may be white, pink, or lavender.

Mint belongs to the Lamiacea family. There are a lot of different mint species. Spearmint and peppermint being most popular in Ireland.

The Latin name “Mentha” came from Greek mythology. Minthe (Menthe) was a beautiful water nymph. She attracted the attention of Hades. Hades wife Persephone found out and got jealous. She transformed Minthe to small plant everybody could step on to.

 

 

 

 

Cooking

Many varieties of fresh and dried mint are used as seasonings in a variety of cuisines, from Indian and Southeast Asian curries and Middle Eastern tabouleh to Irish lamb with mint sauce. Leaves are also infused to make a drinks like mint tea, and as the flavouring component for mint jelly. Mint can also be used as a medicine to help with stomach complaints, menthol, made from mint oil, is traditionally used in over-the-counter products for coughs, in lip balms, and in mouthwashes.

Health Benefits

Medicinal uses of mint have deep traditions going back to ancient times.

These days mint is widely used for: spasms of the digestive tract, gas, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, hiccups and IBS. It may also be beneficial for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease sufferers. Mint can stimulate liver and gallbladder function too.

History & Tradition

Mint belongs to the Lamiacea family. There are a lot of different mint species. Spearmint and peppermint being most popular in Ireland.

It is interesting in many European languages that mint sounds similar. Minze in German, Menta in Spanish, Mentha in Italian, mjata in Russian and Mienta in Polish.