spearmint (Mentha spicata)

  • See also mint
  • Spearmint is easy to grow and can be identified by its pointed leaves. Other mints with pointed leaves, like Moroccan mint do not have the pungency of spearmint.
  • This is the mint that you are most likely to find in a store.
  • I prefer spearmint for salad dressings where a sharper taste of mint is required.
  • For salad dressings, wash well and just use the leaves and discard any woody stems.
  • For more subtle dressings and for juicing my preference is apple mint.