Spearmint and peppermint are the leaves of a perennial herb which are used fresh or picked and dried for longer storage. These herbs retain much flavor when dried and produce a strong taste. Mint leaves have a pure and refreshing odor accompanied by a pungent and burning taste.

"As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat." - Pliny

Spearmint is mainly used in cooking and is commonly found in lamb dishes, jellies or tossed with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Today, Northern Africa is a main cultivation area for mint.
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