what is black peppermint?

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  1. maggie pratiwi

    maggie pratiwi

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    Hi, I'm currently reading a pastry book of Chef Johnny Iuzzini. One of the ingredients in his book consist of Black peppermint. I've been searching it online,asking my chef at work,However they have no idea bout black peppermint.

    My question is there any difference between peppermint and black peppermint? 

    Thank you  :) 
     
  2. maryb

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    quick web search turns up this

    Black Peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid from a cross between Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata.)

    It is stronger tasting than regular peppermint.

    It is a perennial, growing 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) tall, with red stems and dark green leaves tinged with purple.

    It needs moist soil to grow in.

    It can be used raw in salads or as a garnish, or in cooking.

    Dried leaves can be used for tea.

    Black Peppermint has a higher oil yield than any other mint, so it is used commercially for distilling peppermint oil from, though its oil is not considered as good quality as peppermint oil which has more menthol.

    Nutrition



    Black Peppermint is used in folk medicines, though there are advisories against its use by pregnant women. It is considered stronger in active ingredients than white peppermint.

    Also called:

    Mentha x piperita var. piperita (scientific name)
     
  3. maggie pratiwi

    maggie pratiwi

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    Thank you! It's very helpful 😊
     
  4. gungopeas

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    Hi everyone,

    This is an interesting one. I am from Jamaica and remember my granny talking about black mint but never gave any further thought to it. Thanks for the info
     
  5. abefroman

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    It's popular in Peru as well
     
  6. nickinri

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    The description above sounds like what we call Chocolate Mint (dark red stems, dark green leaves with purple underneath).  It has a reeeaaaally strong mint flavor.  Fantastic in mint juleps, iced tea, and dried for tea in the middle of winter.  Like all other mints, it will take over your yard if left to its own devices.
     
  7. abefroman

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    Here is the kind from Peru: