Mentha x piperita f. Citrata
Piperita is a peppermint.
This particular plant is a cross between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata (Spearmint) and is a lemon variant hence the name 'citrata'.
It is native to Europe but is now grown worldwide.
Believe it or not, it is the true source of the oil or essence of Eau de Cologne. Just squeeze the leaves gently to bring out its scent.
It has many culinary uses:
- Its leaves are cut and often used fresh or dried to add flavor to tea.
- You can add it to savory dishes, most especially lamb.
- You can also add it to sweet dishes such as fruit salads for a more refreshing taste.
It has medicinal value:
- A few leaves steeped in a cup of hot water helps with digestion and heartburn
It is environment friendly:
- It is a chemical-free way to deter flies. You can rub a leaf on yourself to keep flies away.
- It also helps keep flies from your surroundings, especially if kept near garbage receptacles, canals and drains.
It can also look good potted on your windowsill with light green leaves and pink flowers. You can start harvesting the leaves when the plant is at least a foot tall. Be sure to always leave at least a third of the leaves to encourage more growth.
- Best if transferred to a bigger pot or directly to your garden soil.
- Keep in partial shade.
- Water daily to ensure moist soil.