Apple Mint

Apple mint

A tall, vigorous ground cover with oval mid green, serrated hairy leaves with the fragrance of apples. Mauve flowers borne in summer. Good for mint sauce, jellies and added to cooked vegetables or in salad.

Perennial. H:30cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.

Black Mint

Black mint

Very dark brown, oval, pointed, toothed, strongly peppermint scented leaves with purple to pink flowers in summer. Culinary and medicinal uses. A tea made from and infusion of leaves will aid digestion.

Perennial. H:45cm W:30cm. 12cm, 17cm.

Chocolate Mint

Chocolate mint

Dark green brown, oval pointed, toothed, chocolate peppermint flavor. Great added to puddings, ice-cream and drinks.

Perennial. H:45cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.


Garden Mint

Garden mint

Most well known of the mints with tasty, highly aromatic mint flavored leaves. The mint is extensively used for salads, sauces and teas. Used medicinally. Useful natural insecticide.

Perennial. H:40cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.


Ginger Mint

Ginger mint

Serrated variegated gold and green ginger scented leaves. Small mauve flowers in summer. Fresh leaves can be used in salads and also for floral decorations.

Perennial. H:40cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.


Julep Mint

Julep mint

Hardy plant with sweetly scented leaves and a striking fresh flavor that make it ideal for use in beverages. Used medicinally. A natural insect repellant.

Perennial. H:25cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.


Lawn Pennyroyal Mint

Lawn pennyroyal mint

Low growing Pennyroyal. Bears clusters of mauve flowers in spring. When crushed the leaves release a strong peppermint fragrance. Excellent ground cover between paving.

Ground cover. H:15cm W:spread 12cm, 17cm.


Spearmint

Mint- Spearmint

Hardy, deep green, highly aromatic, serrated oval spearmint flavored leaves. Greatly prized for jellies and sauces. Used in confectionary, cosmetics, natural insecticides and medicines.

Ground cover. HL25cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.

 

 


Eau de Cologne Mint

Eau de Cologne mint

Cluster of lilac flower and stems bearing ovate dark green leaves. When crushing the leaves it gives a citrus odar of lemon, orange and bergamot.

Groundcover. H: 60cm. Spread: As far as allowed to creep or trail up. 12cm. 17cm.

 

 


Basil Mint

Mint- Basil mint

Small leaves with sweet, basil mint aroma. Leaves are used fresh for flavouring especially melon, tomatoes, and fruit salad. An excellent pot specimen. Frost sensitive.

Perennial. H:1m W:50cm. 12cm, 17cm.


Liquorice Mint

Mint- Liqourice mint

Most gardeners know Agastache as anise hyssop, the spiky, blue-flowered plant that smells like anise or liquorice. Anise hyssop is a versatile plant that will attra plenty of butterflies in its own right. Agastache are hardy, drought tolerant, low maintenance plants, but they need to get acclimatized before they really take off. They like a rich soil and seem to over winter better if you don’t cut them back until spring. Excellent as a herbal tea and in pot-pourri.

Shrub. H:50cm W:40cm. 12cm, 17cm.


Penny Royal Mint

Mint- Penny royal mint

Upright growing Pennyroyal. Bears clusters of mauve flowers in spring. When crushed the leaves release a strong peppermint fragrance. An ant and flea repellent.

Ground cover. H: 15cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.


Pineapple Mint

Mint- pineapple mint

Oval variegated cream and green pineapple scented leaves, and small white flowers in summer. Flowers and leaves used in salads, vegetables and in fruit salads. The flowers make a great garnish.

Perennial. H:50cm W:50cm. 12cm, 17cm.


Slender Mint

Mint. Slender mint

Mat forming ground cover with small green leaves and with clusters of light purple flowers. Use between stepping stones and walkways. The leaves release a mint fragrance when crushed. Use sparingly for flavouring savory dishes and desserts.

Perennial. H:15cm W:spread. 12cm, 17cm.


Mint Julep punch

Mint julep punch

With the delicate taste of Mint Julep, this is a must have during the hot summer days and is easy to make. All you need is,Mint Julep, Ginger Ale, Soda water, Julep extract, lemon slices and ice. Steam the leaves and let cool down, strain the juice, add the remaining ingredients to the liquid, add fresh leaves to the punch and enjoy.


 

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In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
• Perennial, Dormant in Winter,
• Pennyroyal: Groundcover with soft Purple flowers, up to 30cm,
• Lawn Pennyroyal and Corsican Mint: Low growing groundcover,±2cm. Ideal to use between stepping stones,
• Plant Mint in containers or dedicated areas, where the growth is restricted,
• Frequent pruning forces lateral branching and healthier plants.

Most varieties: Height:
• ±60 cm; Spread: If allowed, will become invasive.

Cultivation:
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

Harvesting:
• Pick fresh leaves throughout the year.

Companion Planting:
• Vegetables: Plant with Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Squash, Tomato,
• Herbs: Plant with Chamomile,
• Do not plant with: Parsley,
• Attracting Beneficial insects: Hoverfly, Wasps, Other,.

 

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Culinary use:

Use the following Mint varieties:
Apple Mint, Black Peppermint, Chocalate Mint, Garden Mint, Mint Julep, Pineapple Mint and Spearmint,
•Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Peas, Potatoes, Salads, Fruit Salads,
•Beef, Lamb,
•Drinks, Homemade lemonade,
•In brownie batter or sugar cookie dough, Desserts, Jellies, Mint Sauce, Salad Dressing, Sauces, Sorbet, Vinegars,
•Line a pretty bowl with whole fresh mint leaves and fill it with strawberries or melon balls,
•Mint Tea: Especially chocolate, apple, peppermint, spearmint,
•Add Chocolate mint to Filter coffee for a great tasting indulgence,
•Garnish to vegetables,
•Middle Eastern dishes such as tabouleh.

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Fragrance:

•Eau-de-cologne mint makes an interesting addition to potpourris and herbal sachets.
•Add Mints to bathwater for an invigorating bath.

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Health benefits:

Medicinal use
Mint may be beneficial in the following cases:
Black Peppermint and Garden mint is the most popular to use for medicinal purposes

General
• Extracts of many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) have considerable antioxidant activity due to the presence of phenolic acids such as rosmarinic acid.
• Gingivitis (periodontal disease).

Metabolism
• Fatigue.

Nervous System
• Tension headaches, and where migraine is associated with digestion,
• As a Nervine it eases anxiety and tension, ADD, ADHD,
• Fainting, dizziness.

Skin
• Relieves pain and reduces sensitivity,
• Relieves itching and inflammation when applied topically.

Respiratory System
• Has a calming effect on the body and can help soothe a nagging cough,
• Diaphoretic (induce increased respiration), and helpful with colds,
• Temporary treatment for nasal catarrh as an inhalant.

Liver
• Stimulates bile secretion,
• Of value in gall bladder disease.

Digestive system
• Digestive tonic,
• Anti-spasmodic: as a tea for settling an upset stomach, heartburn, stomachache, indigestion, colic, flatulence,
• Slightly anesthetizes mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal tract,
• Plays a role in treatment of Ulcerative colitis, Diverticulitis and Chrohn's disease,
• Diarhoea,
• Stimulates digestive juice secretion, Poor appetite,
• Prevents Nausea and vomiting, Travel sickness,
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Reproductive System
• In painful periods it relieves the pain and ease tension,

Preparation and dosage:
TEA:
• 2-3 Cups daily.

TINCTURE:
• 2 ml after meals.

CONTRAINDICATION:
• Pregnancy, Anxiety neurosis, Nervous excitability.

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Repellant for:

Repellant for:
Ants, Aphids, Cabbage maggot, Cabbage moth, Flea beetle, Potato beetle.