Small peppermint plant in 3 – 4 inch pot
Peppermint is a very strong mint which has a sweet strong flavour, and it is ideal for making tea and sweets. It is too strong for most culinary uses.
Latin: Mentha x piperita
It has smooth oval dark green leaves, sometimes with dark red/purple colouring on stems and leaves.
It is grown commercially for peppermint oil, and it contains high levels of menthol along with other chemical compounds.
Peppermint is a hybrid, a cross between watermint and spearmint.
It is native to Europe and the Middle East.