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Peppermint Our spice is peppermint which is a pungent and aromatic mint Mentha piperita with dark green lanceolate leaves and whorls of small pink flowers in spikes Peppermint is used in baking candy cookies taffy teas and many others in aromatherapy and oils It is now located all over the world but it originated probably in England and then spread to Central and Southern Europe and Africa main cultivation area Peppermint is a perennial plant grown in fields When it is harvested it is best fresh It can be frozen with a little bit of water into ice cubes Peppermint like I said originated in England It is a plant Peppermint can be extracted many ways The ways vary with the item that is being made For example if youre wanting peppermint in your tea a leaf or two can be dropped in and it comes out naturally If it is to be put in a cream of some sort it can be heated or frozen in water to extract it Peppermint is native to Asia It was used by Egyptians and was cultivated commercially before the Civil War Peppermint leaves can be steeped into a tea which traditional medicine used as a remedy for cramps headaches nausea diarrhea indigestion colds and whatever ails you For cooking purposes peppermint is used primarily to flavor sweets candies or various liquors after being infused into oil or alcohol In conclusion peppermint is a spice with many different purposes It is grown in many different places Weve learned quite a bit about this spice
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