Organic Peppermint Dried Herb 15g Standard Jar Steenbergs details and description
Steenbergs Organic Peppermint is a powerful, fresh-tasting herb - just the smell of this organic peppermint seems to cheer us all up. Steenbergs organic peppermint is delicious in pea soups. Of course, you can always use it to make organic peppermint tea - as we do - delicious and reviving. Strangely organic peppermint is a fairly new herb and seems to have come about from crossing watermint with spearmint some time in the seventeenth century. Organic peppermint has a sweet and mouth-freshening taste with a spicy, peppery heat definitely coming on through. At Steenbergs, we use Black Mitcham peppermint for our peppermint.
Peppermint is a cross between spearmint and watermint that occured in Britain, called Mentha piperita officinalis. Peppermint is a perennial that is easy to grow, but beware as mints have a spreading habit so can run wild in the garden; it is best to keep them in pots. Peppermint grows to 30-60cm (12-24 inches) in height with an indefinite spread. Peppermint has pale purple flowers in the summer. Peppermint leaves are less pointed than spearmint leaves, with a more oval shape. peppermint leaves are dark green with a peppery heat and a very distinctive menthol-like, mouth-freshening, germicidal characteristic and some sweet woody tastes. Dried peppermint is made by dehydrating the freshly cut leaves in a low humidity environment to get the moisture content down to around 10% by weight, leaving the leaves crisp; they are then rubbed from the stems and cut to the relevant size required. for more on peppermint, read Axel's blog or Wikipedia.
In cooking, peppermint is usually used to flavour yoghurts instead of, or with, spearmint, or for herbal teas. The oil or peppermint extract is used for flavouring chocolate or making sweets like peppermint creams. You can use Axel's peppermint cream recipe, or one from the BCC or try Nigella Lawson's White Chocolate Mint Mousse, or make your own Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream.
Steenbergs organic peppermint is part of the Steenbergs range of over 400 organic spices, herbs, peppers and blends. For your local stockist click on "Where to see us", or call 01765 640088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.