What is the difference between Spearmint and Peppermint?

Aromatic plants are known as fine herbs, plants that have infinity of uses due to their seasoning, aromatic and medicinal properties. They are taken from their flowers, dried or fresh leaves, even dehydrated in order to preserve their fragrance.

They have the quality of improving the flavor of food by seasoning or aromatizing them. Some have medicinal properties capable of calming, improving, even healing some ailment, improving the mood of people.

These plants are one of the most sought after as they have several uses, since they come from the same family (lamiaceae or labiatae) and are often confused due to the great resemblance between the two, and it is common to substitute one for the other. Even so, they are still plants with different functions.

What is Peppermint?

Known by its scientific name as mentha spicata, it is an aromatic and medicinal plant, its cultivation is simple since it adapts to any environment, this being the reason for its planting throughout the planet, its origin is from Europe and North Asia,

It is mostly used in the kitchen as a condiment and flavoring agent for different accessories such as dressings, sauces and pastries. They are widely used in natural medicine since it has a large number of antispasmodic properties, it is used to calm stomach discomfort, migraines, parasitosis, among others.

What is mint?

Also called mentha piperita, which is a plant with different aromatic and therapeutic functions , its cultivation is very easy, being adaptable to any environment, although its origin is from Europe. Its use is very common in the kitchen to flavor and decorate dishes due to the fineness of its properties, although its main use is medicinal.

 It is used as a pain reliever for various discomforts which can be: nausea, stomach pains, anti-inflammatory, intestinal spasms, migraines, neuralgia and promote digestive processes. It is also used for decongestant and emotional energizer.

There are innumerable medicinal qualities that this plant possesses, being the main cause of confusion since they coincide in several medicinal uses.

How is the mint leaf? Smell is one of those properties that the mind has, since it not only has a refreshing aroma that many like, but also causes our desire to eat to be reduced. It is said that in order not to be tempted to snack between meals, we can smell a few mint leaves or even chew them.

Types of mint

  • Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens)
  • Egyptian mint (Mentha niliaca)
  • Curly mint (Mentha spicata crispa)
  • Lavender Mint (Mentha piperita cv.)
  • Colonel Kentocky (Mentha spicata cv.)
  • Orange Mint (Mentha piperita citrata cv.)
  • Catnip (Mentha arvensis)
  • Corsican mint (Mentha requienii)

Difference Between Spearmint and Peppermint

  • Peppermint has thin stems while mint stems are usually thicker.
  • Peppermint leaves are soft and brittle, while mint leaves are hard and rough.
  • The fragrance of peppermint is more subtle than mint is stronger.
  • Spearmint is most often used in cooking and peppermint is sought after for its healing qualities.

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