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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?

thanks hounds!

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    nooodles Apr 12, 2005 12:35 AM

    Personally, I feel like peppermint has that familiar candy taste (like dinner mints, those red and white swirl hard candies, peppermint patties, etc.), and spearmint has more of an herby taste. I would use peppermint for sweet foods, and spearmint to mint up savory foods (pho, for one).

    It's not a hard and fast rule, as I love spearmint gelato. But I find it kind of helps to think of it that way. Peppermint tea will taste a little like a melted candy cane; spearmint won't.

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      Sweet Pea Apr 11, 2005 08:45 PM

      Peppermint is often used as a stimulant, I don't know about spearmint. I like spearmint fesh leaves in my sun tea with regular (decaf) tea and honey. I've not tried it with green tea but it sounds like a good idea. Peppermint is also good for digestion.

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        petradish Apr 11, 2005 05:44 PM

        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.

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          Karl S. Apr 11, 2005 02:23 PM

          Spearmint for hot tea; peppermint for iced tea.

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            Michele Cindy Apr 11, 2005 12:37 PM

            Pick a little of each. Both are good.

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              JugglerDave Apr 11, 2005 12:37 PM

              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 Apr 11, 2005 12:41 PM

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

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                Lee Apr 11, 2005 10:50 AM

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

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