Mentha Piperita

Peppermint (Mentha × piperita, also known as Mentha balsamea Willd.)is a hybrit mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint Indigenous to Europe and the Midle East, the plant is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species.Peppermint generally grows best in moist, shaded locations, and expands by underground rhizomes. Young shoots are taken from old stocks and dibbled into the ground about 1.5 feet apart. They grow quickly and cover the ground with runners if it is permanently moist. For the home gardener, it is often grown in containers to restrict rapid spreading. It grows best with a good supply of water, without being water-logged, and planted in areas with part-sun to shade.The leaves and flowering tops are used; they are collected as soon as the flowers begin to open and can be dried. The wild form of the plant is less suitable for this purpose, with cultivated plants having been selected for more and better oil content. They may be allowed to lie and wilt a little before distillation, or they may be taken directly to the still.

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