Fresh mint is a popular garden plant which has a very long history and been used in recipes for centuries going back to ancient Greece! There are about 13 to 18 different species of mint , all in the botanical genus Mentha . These species all have been developed, with different aromas, tastes and other distinguishing features.
The leaves of the mint plant are edible. The most common types are peppermint and spearmint. All types of mint come from the mentha family, and in total around 18 types of mint exist.
Like all fresh herbs, mint can also come in dried form and can be used as a garnish, seasoning, or part of an herbal tea blend.