What’s the difference between Peppermint and Spearmint?

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Peppermint (scientific name ”Mentha piperita L.”), also called American mint, brandy mint, lamb mint, and lammint, is originally from Europe. It has leaves with serrated edges that are about 1 or 2 inches long and about twice as long as they are wide, sprouting from stems with a square cross-section.
Spearmint (scientific name ”Mentha spicata L.”), also called mint, brown mint, garden mint, lamb mint, mackerel mint, Our Lady’s mint, and sage of Bethlehem, is also native to Europe. It is similar in appearance to peppermint, but the leaves are usually stemless.
If you manage to see the plants in bloom, spearmint flowers form clusters that are narrower and more pointed than those of peppermint.
The two plants have distinct tastes, with spearmint’s coming mainly from a compound called carvone, which is relatively light and sweet in flavor.
Peppermint owes most of its taste to another substance, menthol, which has a mild anesthetic and cooling effect, making it especially valuable in medicines. Peppermint oil can also be topically applied to help ease tension headaches, can be consumed to help ease altitude sickness, and can act as a decongestant.
Reference: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/health_science/articles/2006/04/24/whats_the_difference_between_spearmint_and_peppermint/

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16 Responses to “What’s the difference between Peppermint and Spearmint?”

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