Spearmint – Viherminttu
Spearmint leaves are pale and bright green. Below them, the veins are raised. Its dense cob flowers are pale lilac. Spearmint’s growth is sprawling and it is a perennial mint.
Spearmint grows naturally in southern Europe, but its wild form is unknown. Spearmint is suspected to have originated as a cross that produces a seed. Spearmint is our most cultivated mint and it is grown all the way to Northern Finland. Spearmint is a good plant for pollinators.
Spearmint is suitable for e.g. for cold drinks and herbal tea. It increases appetite and promotes digestion. Its aroma is fresh, green, cheerful, minty and menthol-like. In English cuisine, spearmint is used with lamb as a sauce or jelly. It is also perfect for vegetarian dishes and salads, and as a seasoning for potatoes. Spearmint for desserts and its leaf or inflorescence is also beautiful as a dessert decoration. The essential oil is also used as a perfume and flavoring agent in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry.