Mint leaves inherit a very distinct cooling sensation, that of menthol, a compound naturally present in the herb with sweet overtones, hence it is grown for its aromatic and flavourful leaves. They are oval and serrated, the leaves are usually indented with veins and meets at a point. They are commonly bright to dark green in colour, but they are also some varieties that distinctively are purple, grey-green or pale yellow in colour. The young leaves are more enticed with flavour a possess the best texture, if the leaves are allowed to mature on the plant for a longer duration, it inevitably becomes bitter and woodsy in flavour. They are generally available all throughout the year. It belongs to the genus Mentha, which is a perennial herb and a member of the Lamiaceae or mint family. At present times, mints are used for its oil, which supposedly is used in the production of foods, toothpaste, soaps, candy, gums, cough syrups, etc. it happens to be a native of the Mediterranean region, and is a popularly used herb used as a food and medicinal internally and for its aromatic properties externally. While in the ancient times, it was used to clean and scent tables and floors.
Always look for leaves that are firm and deep in colour. It should be vividly deep green in colour, with no trace of yellowing or browning.
Mint leaves might cause certain side effects like heartburn, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. (2)
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