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Mentha suaveolens

(Common name:- Apple mint)

Classification

Mentha suaveolens

Apple mint is also called as wooly mint.

History

Apple mint is a member of the mint genus mentha that ranges through southern and western europe and the western mediterranean region. It is hybrid,herbaceous and perrenial plant that is most ommonly grow as a culinary herb.

Plant Description

It grows to 40-100 cm tall and diffuses itself by rhizomes to form clonal colonies. The foliage is light green, with the opposite; sessile leaves being oblong to nearly ovate, 3-5 cm long and 2-4 cm broad. Their leaves are hairy on the top and downy underneath with serrated edges.

Apple mint plant gives light pink purple flowers in mid to late summers. The low branches grow upward then flop over and root, spreading the plant wherever it can reach. Its flowers are attractive and brief. They do attract bees and other insects. .

Cultivation

Seeds of apple mint germinate in 15-20 days. Full size plants depend upon variety and growing conditions. It is hardy and easy to grow, preferring full-sun to lightly-shady conditions. Harvesting takes place after two months.



Parts Used

Its leaves are used for boiling and other purpose in food. Whole of mint can be used.



Culinary Uses

It is often used as ornamental plant. Mostly used in culinary purpose. Its leaves can be used to make apple mint jelly as well as to give a flavor in dishes. It is also used in making mint tea, for garnishing purpose and in salads.

Medicinal Uses

Other Uses

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