Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens) is prized in the culinary world for its unique flavour. The leaves of apple mint are typically light green with serrated edges and a slightly fuzzy texture. They are often larger and rounder than peppermint leaves.
As the name suggests, apple mint has a mild, fruity, and slightly sweet flavour with a hint of apple-like notes. It has a pleasant, refreshing aroma that is less intense than peppermint.
It is often used in beverages like herbal teas, cocktails, and fruit salads. It can also be used to flavour sauces, jellies, and desserts. It is often grown for culinary and decorative purposes.
Cut and come again! Mint is a rapid-growing plant and can quickly become overgrown if not harvested frequently. Regular harvesting helps to control the size of the plant, encourage the production of new leaves, and prevent the plant from becoming too woody and dry.
Start by identifying the new growth on the plant. These are the most flavorful and fragrant leaves. Snip off the new growth, leaving about 5 cm of stem and repeat this process every 3-5 weeks.
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