Mint

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Mint is an aromatic herb that can grow anywhere from 10 to 120 centimeters tall, depending on the variety. It spreads readily via underground horizontal roots and is characterized by its unique stem structure, as the erect stems have a square shape instead of round. Mint will sprout tiny purple, pink, or white flowers if allowed to bloom; however, it will lose some of its essential oil, making the leaves less fragrant and flavorful. Hence, Mint is typically pruned to prevent flowering, and its leaves are harvested young when they have the best flavor and texture, as leaves allowed to mature on the plant for too long will become earthy and bitter. The oval, jagged-edged, blunt-tipped leaves grow opposite along the square stems and can vary slightly in both shape and color, from dark to bright green, greyish-green to purple-blue, or even pale yellow. Some Mint leaves may be variegated, and some may have a fuzzy texture, but they all have the unmistakable minty scent when crushed. Mint offers a sweet, fresh, cooling flavor and aroma.