Mint – Chocolate
Mentha x piperita

Zone: 5-10
Height: 36"

General: Unusual mint whose narrow, pointed green leaves have a chocolate-peppermint-patty aroma and a slight brownish tint. This would make a nice addition to teas and jellies, as well as be a tasty garnish. Flowers are also edible.

Culinary Uses: Fresh mint leaves can be dried for later use. It can also be chopped and frozen in ice cube trays with water or preserved as mint jelly. Fresh leaves are used to make tea, flavored desserts and drinks, and as an ingredient in cake or bread recipes. It's also used in chutneys, sauces, salad dressings, and soups. This particular mint would be nice in the summer for a fresh chocolate mint ice cream.

Medicinal Uses: Provides vitamin A and dietary fiber. It also contains small amounts of vitamin C and some B vitamins. Mint can be used to prevent stomachaches, nausea, and indigestion. It is also a diuretic and anti-inflammatory and can be used for treating toothaches, sore muscles, and congestion. Topically, a dilute mixture of the essential oil can be used to help treat skin irritation and relieve headaches, fever, and menstrual cramps.

Ornamental Uses: In scent this mint variety smell similar to that of an Andres Mint candy. The leaves are creased, ovoid, and deep green with a brown tint.

Uses*: , ,
*Research all plants before use. Silverleaf doesn't condone or endorse any medicinal plant use. Any one planning to use plants for medical purposes should check with a physician first.