Clean, Cooling, Sharp, Sweet (Origin: Egypt, Mediterranean)
Cooler than its cousin peppermint—and also known as garden mint—these fragrant leaves are serene in a welcoming cup of hot, sweet spearmint tea. In Greek and Lebanese cooking, mint adds a fantastic, fresh accent to cucumbers, fresh garden vegetables, and mint is considered to pair well with lamb, duck, chicken, pork or veal.
Many vegetables dishes benefit from the addition of mint, as do Asian dipping sauces, lentils and tabbouleh. It also adds just the right refreshing touch to fruits and fruit salads.