Organic peppermint (Mentha x piperita) seeds produce an aromatic herb that grows 30-90 cm (12-35 inch) tall, with reddish purple stems, dark- green pointed leaves and small lilac-pink flowers. The leaves have a strong characteristic peppermint smell. Peppermint is a favorite herb for many people, it has high menthol content giving it a refreshing taste that is uplifting and cleansing. The biodegradable Seed Pods contain non-GMO, certified organic seeds inside a mineral growth medium.
Peppermint pairs well with Beef and Lamb dishes, Preserves, Desserts, Teas and Liqueur infusions. The freshness of peppermint goes extremely well with sweets like jellies, puddings and tarts – but the most delicious confectionery pairing is peppermint and chocolate. It is also the oldest and most popular flavor of mint-flavored confectioneries like chewing gum and ice cream.
Peppermint does not occur in nature, this plant is a hybrid cross between watermint and spearmint. The plant originated in England around the 18th century, and is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. However, many accounts date Peppermint back to the early Roman Empire. According to Pliny the Elder, The Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint leaves during feasts and used it as a culinary flavoring.
Peppermint has a high menthol content, and the oil also contains menthone and menthyl esters, particularly menthyl acetat. The oil is antimicrobial, antiviral, mildly analgesic and is used to relieve headaches, mouth sores, and most commonly as a general digestive aid.