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Apr 11, 2005 10:13 AM

Mint tea: Spearmint vs Peppermint

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Went to buy loose mint tea yesterday and was suprised to discover that I had the choice of spearmint or peppermint. I bought pepper but would love any feedback on this crucial decision the next time I enter this den of choices. Would your suggestion be different if I explained that I will use it for both hot and iced tea? That I might mix it in with green tea?

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  1. If you like Colgate, pick peppermint; if you like Crest, pick spearmint.

    1. I have a box of Trader Joe's "Organic Mint Melange". Its ingredients are Pepermint, Lemon Grass, Spearmint.

      So buy both & mix it up!


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      1. re: JugglerDave
        Chris Willging

        That stuff is really good iced & lightly sweetened, especially if you add a little green tea to the mix.

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        Michele Cindy

        Pick a little of each. Both are good.

        1. Spearmint for hot tea; peppermint for iced tea.

          1. the difference is a matter of strength. peppermint has a menthol scent. spearmint is more gentle.

            if you were using the tea as an herbal cure for congestion, i'd pick peppermint with hot water.

            for moroccan tea, spearmint (mixed w/gunpowder green). for mexican hot tea, my neighbor from guadalajara likes to blend his homegrown spearmint with chamomile. for cold tea i'd choose spearmint, but you might prefer the sharpness of peppermint.