The dried peppermint leaves were traced back to be discovered in the Egyptian pyramids. Due to carbon dating, their origin has been said to be in the year 1000 BCE. The Romans actually went further in planting both mint and peppermint in their garden to basically use their leaves for medicine, most especially to aid digestion. Mint has a name is traced back to the Greek mythology. Hades, the ruler of the underworld was said to fall in love with Minthe, but his wife cast a spell on her and turned her into an herb.
But Hades couldn't reverse the spell; he had to make Minthe into a very enticing aroma. Later, mint was brought to the new world by the colonists. Being task-free, it spread all over many part of the world. However, peppermint is just one of the best and popularly known varieties of mint, alongside spearmint. It is considered to be a natural hybrid between water mint and spearmint. In addition, the mint that many generally refer to is the spearmint. Mint is just a collective name for all its varieties.
Some will remember mint growing in the back yard and planted by your Grandmother? Mint is a perennial herb that spreads like wildfire. Mint is in a family that is the Mentha plant and spearmint, peppermint, orange, apple, and pineapple mint, to name a few. Mint can be utilized as a breath freshener or a tummy tamer.
Peppermint’s flavor is comparable to spearmint, but it contains 40% menthol, which makes its flavor strong, and it pairs well with sweet baked goods and cocktails, like a mint julep or traditional holiday baked goods. Peppermint and watermint is a hybrid mint with a cross of spearmint.