The pungent fresh leaves of a plant from the "mentha" family used world-wide as a flavoring and a garnish. The two most popular mints are peppermint and spearmint. Both of these plants are very easy to grow but can become a garden pest. If you don't grow your own then make sure to purchase leaves that are evenly colored and plump looking.
Fresh mint can be used in salads, beverages, teas, as well as in sweet and savory dishes.
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Mint is best contained in a garden pot with moist (but not soggy) soil so make sure to keep it consistently watered.
Purchase mint in small 3 - 4" pots in the herb section of your local nursery the transplant into any size pot your prefer. It will appreciate good potting mix but it is quite tolerant of most typical garden soil.