Mentha spicata

Origin: Asia and Europe

Flavour: Fragrant and delicate, fresh, sweet.
*Note– Spearmint has a delicate flavour compared to the strong and intense flavour of peppermint.

Uses: Lamb, garnish, salad, salad dressing, pudding, vegetables, tea, cocktails, marinade, jelly, chicken, soup, dessert,

Dishes: Roast leg of lamb with mint, spearmint jelly, mint salad dressing, tomato and feta with spearmint, watermelon salad with spearmint, fattoush salad, Corsican inspired omelette with mint and brocciu, mint julep, yogurt sauce with spearmint, nue gra pao (Thai inspired beef stir–fry), Thai inspired chicken with spearmint and basil, chocolate mousse with spearmint, lamb sausage with garlic and mint, Scottish inspired haggis with spearmint sauce, pea soup with spearmint cream, Turkish inspired herb pilaf, Polish cocktail with mint, couscous salad with spearmint, baked fish with mint vinaigrette.

Compliments: Cinnamon, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, cilantro, dill, oregano, cumin, clove, cardamom, black pepper, chilli pepper.

Substitutes for Spearmint: Peppermint, basil, parsley.