Mint is a particularly resilient herb and grows year-round in warmer climates, although it thrives in cooler regions too. It is known to have originated in Asia and the Mediterranean and has been used throughout history by the Greeks (to clean their banquet tables), the Romans (for good digestion and as mouthwash) and even by Medieval monks who recognised its medicinal properties.
The herb’s tender leaves boast an instantly recognisable, pungent and refreshing aroma with hints of pepper.
Mint is rich in an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid. This widely available herb is also an incredible natural remedy for heartburn and indigestion.
As well as being used in food, mint is a popular choice for teas — both hot and cold. Alternatively, introduce the finely chopped herb to sliced fennel, pomelo, olive oil and lemon juice for a refreshing and easy to make in a hurry salad dressing.