Wild Mint

wild mint

Wild mint, credit: Ontario Nature

Identification

  • 15 to 75 cm in height
  • Square stem with opposite toothed leaves ending in sharp point
  • Strong peppermint smell

Location

  • Low-lying areas, near marshes or swamps, near beaver dams

Harvesting Time

  • Spring to fall

Uses and Related Information

  • Steeping a small handful of leaves and stems for 15 minutes creates a delicious tea that is said to be useful in treating menstrual cramps
  • Dried, ground mint can be added to a variety of sweet and savoury dishes such as cakes, scones, pastas, pestos and so on

Cautions

  • Do not use the plant if it is covered in white mold (typically in fall)

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