Where To Buy Dried Peppermint
Where To Buy Dried Peppermint
The dried leaves and stems, which contain ahigh degree of volatile oil called menthol, lend a fresh, minty taste to teablends. The dried herb can also be used to make infused oils and tinctures foruse in cosmetics and perfumery.
This herb is highly versatile in the kitchen and home. The leaf is used to make teas, tisanes, infusions and tinctures. Infused in oil or tinctured in alcohol, peppermint leaf lends fragrance and a mentholated quality to skin care products. Peppermint also yields a natural green dye.
Peppermint is arguably the matriarch of the mint family, which is a bit odd as peppermint is technically a hybrid of spearmint and watermint. Peppermint escaped into the wild millenniums ago and now grows wild in North America and Europe, though it needs to grow close to its parent species, as it cannot reproduce with other peppermint plants.
Dried peppermint leaves are still used in modern and home medicine, as it has been since civilization began. It has known properties to treat or alleviate the discomfort of indigestion, nausea, and abdominal pain.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of temperature in the vacuum drying process of Mentha piperita L. (50 to 90 C). Generally, drying processes affect the quality of product, however, vacuum drying works under sub-atmospheric pressures. In order to investigate how temperature affects this herb, as to color, chlorophyll, total phenolic (TPC), total flavonoid (TFC) contents, antioxidant activity by DPPH and ORAC methods. Mineral, vitamin C and sugar contents were also evaluated. A slight change in color and chlorophyll content was observed in the samples. The highest values for TPC, TFC and antioxidant activity methods were obtained at 50 and 70 C however, a decrease in the vitamin C content was observed. Minerals such as K, Ca, Mg and Na were found. Sucrose showed the highest sugar content. This work suggests that M. piperita L. can be used as a natural antioxidant, whether fresh or dried.
Mentha x piperita is a flowering perennial that is native to Europe and has since spread worldwide. Peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint. It is used for its healthful properties and has many applications in food. Peppermint leaf is commonly steeped as a refreshing peppermint tea but is also popular in herbal tea blends and candies. Our peppermint leaves are organically cultivated in the United States.
The world's most familiar "mint scent" is the aroma of peppermint. In Greek mythology, Menthe was turned into a peppermint plant when Proserpine, in a jealous rage, found out that Pluto was in love with her. Even earlier, Assyrians used peppermint as an offering to their fire god.
Peppermint is one of the most popular herbs in teas, candies, and chewing gums. Cultivation and oil production started in the US in the 1790's, and was a major export business by the mid 1800's. The U.S. is still the world's leading producer of peppermint oil, making an average of 4,117 tons annually. Some companies in Japan are said to pipe peppermint oil into their AC system to invigorate their workers and thereby increase productivity.
The oil of peppermint offers its cool, refreshing flavor and unmistakable aroma to a wide variety of foods and beverages. In the western world it is a common ingredient for candies, toothpastes, ice creams, pies and other desserts. The peppermint leaf itself is muddled and added to cocktails and is a popular ingredient in herbal teas when dried.
In cuisine of the Middle East, peppermint is noted for its contribution to savory dishes. It is added to spice rubs which are used to flavor lamb and other meats. It is also blended with yogurts, beans, and cheese.
Carefully drying herbs can preserve the flavor, color, and essential oils from the plant for months to come. Once dried, it will last for a year, and you can use it in tea or in beauty recipes like soap. The methods I share for how to dry mint apply