There are more than 20 species of the mint plant and hundreds of hybridized varieties. The most popular mints used in cooking include:

Spearmint—has a dark green pointed leaf and is the most widely used culinary mint in savory dishes, especially with lamb.

Chocolate Mint—has a surprising aroma of chocolate so it's a surprising addition to chocolate desserts and is also delicious used in fresh mint tea.

Peppermint—has a rounded, kellygreen leaf and is used especially in sweets and drinks.

Lemon Mint—attracts bees and suits lighter meats like shellfish and chicken. It contains citronella making it somewhat useful as a mosquito repellant.

This post was originally published on