Which is better spearmint or peppermint?
Both are used in cooking, have medicinal purposes, and make for great essential oils and tea. Both also have square stems and spear-shaped leaves. However, when it comes down to it, spearmint is better in savory dishes while peppermint is better used for a chocolate dessert.
How can you tell the difference between spearmint and peppermint?
Spearmint is usually sweeter smelling but can have a hint of pungent menthol (the amount varies from variety to variety, especially if the plants were seed grown) that is missing from peppermint. Spearmint has somewhat hairy leaves while peppermint is more shiny and has darker petioles (leaf stems).
Can spearmint and peppermint interchangeably?
In some cases the two can be used interchangeably, but because of peppermint’s concentrated flavor you’re likely to find it in foods and items looking to feature the flavor prominently, like candy, tea or even a minty mojito. Anyways let’s get to some recipes that highlight both spearmint and peppermint!
Do you use peppermint or spearmint in mojitos?
+ This mint, rather than spearmint, gives the authentic mojito taste. Mojito Mint has a much milder flavor with hints of citrus whereas spearmint is much stronger (think breath mints or chewing gum). Mojito Mint has large leaves which make it great for muddling.
Is Spearmint good for your stomach?
Some people use spearmint to help alleviate symptoms of nausea, indigestion, gas, headache, toothache, cramps, and sore throat. Spearmint may help to relieve symptoms of digestive problems, by relaxing the stomach muscles, reducing symptoms of nausea, and other digestive problems.
What does spearmint do for the body?
Spearmint is a delicious, minty herb that may have beneficial effects on your health. It’s high in antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds that may help balance hormones, lower blood sugar and improve digestion. It may even reduce stress and improve memory.
Does spearmint tea have side effects?
Spearmint contains a chemical that might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness and drowsiness are called sedative medications. Taking spearmint and sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.