Mint – Apple
Mentha suaveolens

Zone: 5 - 9
Height: 18-24"

General: Medium size, serrated light green leaves have delicious, sweet, fruity apple aroma. Apple mint will grow in almost any soil type, provided ample moisture and sunlight.

Culinary Uses: This is a light apple-mint flavored herb that is popular for drinks, sauces, jellies and fruits, meat and poultry dishes. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as a potherb. They are used as a flavoring in salads or cooked foods. The leaves have a similar flavor to spearmint and are considered to be superior in flavor to that species but are also hair which makes them less suitable for garnish. A herb tea is made from the leaves.

Medicinal Uses: This variety of mint is good for its antiseptic properties and its beneficial effect on the digestion. A tea made from the leaves has been traditionally used in the treatment of fevers, headaches, digestive disorders and various minor ailments. The essential oil in the leaves is an antiseptic, though it is toxic in large doses. Additionally, rats and mice dislike this smell intensely and it can help repel them outdoors and indoors.

Ornamental Uses: This mint has large fuzzy leaves and stems and delicate fruity aroma. It produces small white flowers and the leaves are serrated and hairy. When the leaves are bruised they give off the aroma of spearmint and apple.

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