Perennial. Ht up to 90cm. Curly mint is a variety of spearmint. Attractive to butterflies and bees, this mint is vigorous and produces aromatic, curly, bright green leaves and pale lilac flowers in Summer. Curly mint is distinguished by its height in comparison to typical mint varieties. Curly mint is fragrant and best suited to being planted in a container.
Curly mint, like all spearmints, is high in vitamin A, with 1/4 cup providing nearly 35% of the daily value for both men and women. The spearmint variety also contains nominal amounts of vitamin C and B-complex. Curly mint is also high in iron and manganese. Spearmint can be used medicinally just as peppermint can be, as they have very similar components and benefits. Curly mint can be steeped in hot water for tea or the oils can be extracted from the leaves to use as a remedy for headaches, heartburn and indigestion.
Curly mint is often used for fresh mint tea or as a garnish for beverages and desserts. The tall herb with its frilly leaves and strong stalk makes a nice swizzle stick for mojitos or other drinks. Curly mint has a number of culinary uses, from marinades and rubs to jams and flavored whipped cream. The spearmint variety pairs well with meat and fish as well as vegetables like peas. Curly mint is often used in Middle Eastern cuisine. Fresh Curly mint can be frozen in ice cube trays for preservation or to add a hint of flavor to water. The herb can be dried and sealed in an airtight container for later use, though mint doesn’t store particularly well.
Best in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. Harvest foliage as needed. May become invasive if left unchecked.