Mint tea: Spearmint vs Peppermint
- D-NY Apr 11, 2005 10:13 AM
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?
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.