Our Peppermint Leaves have a pungent, cool, fresh, menthol flavor profile. Used in cooking and in making teas, peppermint is one of the most widely used herbs.
The best peppermint comes from the northwestern United States. The pure, moist mountain air of the spring and early summer growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Generally the second cut which takes place during mid/end August is the most flavorful, coolest and most pungent, literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water.
Peppermint contains no caffeine and is quite often consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomachache and nausea. An interesting and tingling way to use peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint leaves in your bath water which will lower your body temperature – perfect for cooling fevered skin or after working on a hot summer’s day. Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid species that evolved from spearmint and watermint. However, peppermint has been around so long its genealogy is obscure. It has been reported as a stewing herb by ancient Hebrews and it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. 2000 years ago the Japanese cultivated peppermint as a source of menthol.
Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Because of its bright, pungent flavor, peppermint is often used to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea it is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.
As a cooking herb, dried Peppermint Leaves are used in salads and sauces. They are also used in cold beverages, in ice creams and as a dessert topping, as well as in candies, desserts, especially around holidays.
If you are fan of Peppermint teas, we have a Mint Black Tea, Chocolate Mint Black Tea, Chamomile Mint Tea, as well as a Moroccan Mint Green Tea. If you lean towards Spearmint, we also carry Spearmint Leaves, as well as several teas, which we blend with spearmint. They include our own Nirvana Tea and Peaceful Sundown.
Contains: Peppermint Leaves