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Mint - mentha spicata

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There are at least 18 species of mint and many more hybrid varieties. Most of them contain menthol (essential mint oil), which gives them their characteristic smell and flavour. Spearmint is a preferred variety and commonly used with both sweet and savoury dishes.

Flavour:

sweet followed by a cooling aftertaste

How to Use:

Sauces for desserts and for lamb, fruit soup, split pea soup, lamb stew and roast, fish, poultry, sweet dishes, vegetables, mint jelly, syrups, fruit compotes, devil's food cake, lemon based desserts such as tarts and mousse, frosting, ice cream, sherbet, herb teas and mint tea.

Measuring:

Lamb stew

1/4 teaspoon per pound of meat

White cake

1/4 to 1 teaspoon in a 2 layer mix

Chocolate pudding

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in a 2 cup recipe

Peas

1/2 teaspoon in 2 cups

Tea

1/2 teaspoon added to 1 quart

Other Info:

Mint goes well with parsley, cilantro, chili, cardamom and basil

Mint contains limonene, a powerful anticancer agent that some studies suggest can block the development of breast tumors and even shrink them. Although limonene is found primarily in citrus peel, mint is a more appealing source.

Mint Dried

Nutrient

Units

1 tsp

-------

0.50 g

Proximates

Water

g

0.057

Energy

kcal

1.425

Energy

kj

5.960

Protein

g

0.100

Total lipid (fat)

g

0.030

Carbohydrate, by difference

g

0.260

Fiber, total dietary

g

0.149

Ash

g

0.053

Minerals

Calcium, Ca

mg

7.440

Iron, Fe

mg

0.437

Magnesium, Mg

mg

3.010

Phosphorus, P

mg

1.380

Potassium, K

mg

9.620

Sodium, Na

mg

1.720

Zinc, Zn

mg

0.012

Copper, Cu

mg

0.008

Manganese, Mn

mg

0.057

Vitamins

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

mg

0.000

Thiamin

mg

0.001

Riboflavin

mg

0.007

Niacin

mg

0.033

Pantothenic acid

mg

0.007

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.013

Folate, total

mcg

2.650

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.000

Vitamin A, IU

IU

52.895

Vitamin A, RE

mcg_RE

5.290

Vitamin E

mg_ATE

0.010

Lipids

Fatty acids, total saturated

g

0.008

14:0

g

0.000

16:0

g

0.006

18:0

g

0.001

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

g

0.001

16:1 undifferentiated

g

0.000

18:1 undifferentiated

g

0.001

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

g

0.016

18:2 undifferentiated

g

0.002

18:3 undifferentiated

g

0.014

Cholesterol

mg

0.000

Phytosterols

mg

0.410

Amino acids

Tryptophan

g

0.002

Threonine

g

0.004

Isoleucine

g

0.004

Leucine

g

0.007

Lysine

g

0.004

Methionine

g

0.001

Cystine

g

0.001

Phenylalanine

g

0.005

Tyrosine

g

0.003

Valine

g

0.005

Arginine

g

0.005

Histidine

g

0.002

Alanine

g

0.005

Aspartic acid

g

0.012

Glutamic acid

g

0.011

Glycine

g

0.005

Proline

g

0.004

Serine

g

0.004