Peppermint

Peppermint

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One of the many varieties of mint, and one of the most useful herbs in industry. Its leaves yield, on distillation, peppermint oil, which flavours confectionery, ice cream, toothpaste, chewing gum, perfumes, liqueurs and pharmaceutical preparations. Peppermint oil and peppermint tea have traditionally been used in medicine for the relief of cramps, headaches, indigestion and the common cold, among other ailments.

Chocolate and peppermint seem to have a particular affinity – peppermint-flavoured chocolate, or chocolate with a peppermint cream filling, is a delicious accompaniment to after‑dinner coffee.

Small bottles of natural peppermint extract are available for flavouring cakes, biscuits and confectionery.

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