Pudina is one of the most used herbs in Indian dishes. Here are the best Types of Mint that you can grow in pots for a fresh harvest all year round!
Different Varieties of Mint can add a refreshing taste to a variety of dishes and preparations. If you are too a fan of pudina, then have a look at the best Types of Mint you can grow!
Here’s everything you need to know about growing mint
Best Types of Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha × piperita
Peppermint has a sweet fragrance with a cooling aftertaste. Its leaves are widely famous for seasoning and the dried flowers have uses in flavoring candy, desserts, beverages, and salads.
2. Chocolate Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha × piperita ‘Chocolate Mint’
As the name suggests, chocolate mint has a chocolaty flavor and fragrance. Its minty chocolate aroma goes well in shakes and desserts. The herb also blooms lavender flowers in summers. It is one of the best Types of Mint you can grow!
Botanical Name: Mentha spicata
Spearmint produces narrow, green leaves with a pleasing fragrance. It is popular in a variety of dishes and cocktails. Spearmint also bears a spike of lilac, pink, or white flowers.
4. Pennyroyal Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium
Pennyroyal mint has tiny, delicate, green leaves and also bears pale blue to lavender blooms. Upon crushing, these leaves emit a minty fragrance similar to spearmint.
5. Corsican Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha requienii
Corsican mint leaves are round and tiny that are reminiscent of thyme. Its intense minty flavor and fragrance are used in making a liqueur called creme de menthe.
6. Water Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha aquatica
Water mint produces deep green, oval, and aromatic leaves with purple veins. This mint variety grows in shallow waterways. The leaves are used for balm and other culinary purposes.
7. Apple Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha suaveolens
Apple mint has light green, ovate leaves and also bear white to light pink blooms. It has a perfect blend of fruity and minty flavor that goes well in teas, salads, and icecreams.
8. American Wild Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha canadensis
This mint can be consumed either raw or even can be cooked with other recipes. Native to Canada and America, this mint type goes well in jellies, candies, and teas.
9. Mojito Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha × villosa
As the name suggests, this mint type is a must addition to a cocktail mojito. The refreshing sprig of leaves has a mild flavor with a pleasing scent that goes well in salads and teas.
10. Margarita Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha ‘Margarita’
Margarita mint has lime-scented leaves. It is a hybrid mint variety that is comparatively less invasive than other mints. As the name suggests, its lemony flavor goes well with Margarita!
11. Banana Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis ‘Banana’
Banana mint bears oval to lance-shaped leaves on slender stems. Its leaves have a banana-like flavor and go well in hot and cold teas, beverages, ice cream, and muffins.
12. Lavender Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha piperita ‘Lavendula’
As the name suggests, the leaves of this variety have a purple shade and is primarily used for ornamental purposes. Its sprigs are added to the salads, pasta, or soups too.
13. Slender Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha diemenica
Native to Australia, this dwarf mint grows up to 4-6 inches high. Slender mint looks different from other types of mints and grows white flowers in summer that are a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
14. Egyptian Mint
Botanical Name:Mentha niliaca
This culinary mint has a fragrance similar to an applemint, but the flavor is slightly milder than peppermint. It goes well with savory dishes and teas.
Botanical Name: Mentha longifolia
Also known as silver mint, this herb grows up to 3-4 feet tall, and bears pink or lilac flowers. This clump-forming mint has medicinal properties.
16. Strawberry Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha spicata subsp. citrata ‘Strawberry’
As the name suggests, it has a minty and fruity fragrance like strawberry. You can add it to fruit salads, desserts, and iced teas for a fruity flavor.
17. Grapefruit Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita ‘Grapefruit’
Its leaves emit a minty, grapelike fragrance. Grapefruit mint goes well with fruit desserts. It is one of the best types of mint you can grow, thanks to its intoxicating citrus-mint scent.
18. Ginger Mint
Botanical Name: Mentha x gracilis
Ginger mint or Vietnamese mint is used for flavoring poultry dishes. It has an aroma like spearmint with a fruity ginger-like flavor.