The different varieties of peppermint

The different varieties of peppermint

The country of origin of the peppermint is England

Peppermint is a crop that was probably created by coincidence when different types of mint were crossed. She first became known in England. That is why varieties of peppermint almost always have English names.

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You can tell whether you are looking at a real peppermint by its botanical name (Mentha x peperita)

Well-known types of peppermint

  • English mint
  • Black Mitchum
  • White peppermint

The leaves of the peppermint do not always have to be green. There are species with white or very dark leaves. The individual varieties also differ in their aroma.

English mint

English mint is arguably the best-known variety of peppermint. It is particularly aromatic and gives many dishes the typical slightly spicy aroma. This variety is part of the popular English mint sauce.

Black Mitchum

This peppermint variety is considered the oldest peppermint variety. It was discovered by accident in the English city of Mitchum. Its leaves are very dark because it contains a lot of anthocyanin colorants. Their aroma is very fresh. Black Mitchum is used as a flavoring for the popular “After Eight” chocolate bars.

White peppermint

Their leaves are very light-colored because they contain only a few anthocyanin pigments. In terms of taste, the White Peppermint is the mildest variety of peppermint.

Further developments of peppermint

A number of other types of peppermint have been created through breeding and crossing with other plants. Are known:

  • Lemon peppermint (addition: f. Citrata)
  • Bergamot peppermint (addition: var citrata “Bergamot”)
  • Orange peppermint (addition: var citrata “Orangina”)

Other countries - other types of mint

Almost every country has mint in different varieties such as Moroccan mint, Corsican mint, Turkish mint or Italian mint. Not all are as hot and aromatic as English mint.

If you're keen to experiment, venture into growing other types of mint. You can plant pineapple mint, strawberry mint, even chocolate mint in the garden.

Tips & Tricks

Peppermint contains a lot of essential oils. If consumed too often, they can attack the stomach walls. Sensitive people should therefore only use peppermint sparingly.