All You Need to Know About Apple Mint: Growing Tips and Culinary Uses


If you are looking for a versatile and aromatic herb to add to your garden, consider growing apple mint plants. Apple mint, also known as Mentha × suaveolens, is a hybrid mint that combines the flavors of apple and mint. Its pleasant scent and refreshing taste make it a popular choice for culinary uses and herbal remedies.

Apple mint plants are known for their fast-growing nature, making them an excellent addition to any garden or indoor space. They can reach a height of up to 2 feet and produce spikes of beautiful purple or pink flowers in the late summer or fall. These flowers attract beneficial insects, making apple mint plants not only a flavorful addition to your garden but also a beneficial one for the local ecosystem.

When planting apple mint, make sure to choose a location that receives full sun or partial shade. Mint plants prefer moist soil, so be sure to water them regularly. They can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but they thrive in well-draining soil. If you prefer to grow apple mint plants indoors, make sure to provide them with a bright location.

Apple mint can be used in a variety of dishes and beverages. It is a popular ingredient in both sweet and savory recipes and is often added to salads, desserts, teas, and cocktails. Its flavor can be a wonderful substitute for regular mint in mojitos and other related drinks. Additionally, apple mint possesses medicinal properties and can be used to relieve indigestion, soothe headaches, and promote relaxation.

In addition to its culinary and medicinal uses, apple mint is also a great companion plant in the garden. It is known to deter pests such as aphids and ants, making it a natural pest control option. Planting apple mint near your apple trees may help protect them from insects that are harmful to the fruit.

In conclusion, apple mint plants are a versatile and beneficial addition to any garden. With their aromatic properties, fast-growing nature, and culinary uses, they provide a wonderful and flavorful addition to your landscape. Whether you choose to grow apple mint for its scent, flavor, or herbal properties, this herb is sure to impress and delight.

Mentha suaveolens ‘Apple Mint’

Mentha suaveolens ‘Apple Mint’ is a tall and great addition to any garden. It can also thrive in containers, making it a versatile plant for your patio or balcony. This variety of mint has beautiful purple flowers, adding a pop of color to your garden.

Apple mint, also known as Mentha suaveolens, is related to other mints such as chamaemelum and Mentha spicata. It has a wonderful aroma and is often used as a refreshing addition to drinks, like the famous “Mojito” cocktail. Apple mint can also be used as a substitute for tarragon in certain recipes.

When grown in the garden, apple mint attracts bees and butterflies, making it a great plant for pollinator gardens. It is a fast-growing herb that can reach a height of three feet. Apple mint is particularly known for its menthol properties, which is why it is often added to certain products like toothpaste and gum.

In addition to its many uses, apple mint is a low-maintenance plant. It prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in well-drained soil. Apple mint can be grown from seeds, cuttings, or transplants. It is also relatively pest and disease resistant.

If you are looking for a dwarf variety of apple mint, ‘Midnight’ or ‘Pleno’ are great options. Another related plant is Mentha suaveolens var. suaveolens ‘Treneague’, which is a compact and bushy apple mint variety.

Apple mint can be harvested in the fall, where the leaves are at their peak flavor. The harvesting procedure is simple: just snip off the leaves with a pair of scissors. Apple mint can be stored dried or frozen for later use.

In conclusion, Mentha suaveolens ‘Apple Mint’ is a versatile and easy-to-grow plant. It has many uses, from culinary to medicinal, and can be a great addition to any garden or container. Its wonderful aroma and minty flavor make it a favorite among gardeners and a must-have for herbal enthusiasts.

When planting and growing apple mint, there are several related products that can enhance the care and uses of this wonderful plant. Here are some varieties to consider:

Variety Uses Care Properties
‘Midnight Pineapple’ Curry, fruit salads Moist, partial shade Green leaves, aromatic
‘Dwarf Apple’ Tea, culinary uses Well-drained soil Compact, silver leaves
‘Silver Mint’ Medicinal uses Moist soil Purple flowers, menthol scent
‘Treneague’ Herbal teas Sun or partial shade Strong menthol scent
‘Florentine’ Herb gardens Well-drained soil Spikes of lavender flowers

These related products, such as the ‘Midnight Pineapple’ and ‘Dwarf Apple’ varieties, add diversity to any apple mint garden. Their different uses and properties can be a great addition to your plant collection. Whether you are interested in culinary uses, medicinal properties, or simply enjoying the beauty of the plants, consider these varieties when growing apple mint.

Artemisia Dracunculus ‘French Tarragon’

Artemisia dracunculus, commonly known as French Tarragon, is an aromatic perennial herb that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is native to Europe and is widely used in culinary preparations due to its unique flavor and fragrance. French Tarragon is a highly sought-after herb among gardeners for its culinary and medicinal properties.

This herb can grow up to two feet tall and prefers a full sun to partial shade location. It thrives in well-drained soil that is moist but not overly wet. French Tarragon can be grown from seeds or propagated through cuttings. It is known for its slender, dark green leaves and produces small yellow flowers in late summer.

French Tarragon is primarily known for its culinary uses, adding a distinct flavor to various dishes. Its leaves have a delicate anise-like taste, making it a popular ingredient in French cuisine. It is commonly used to flavor sauces, dressings, vinegar, and meat dishes.

Aside from its culinary uses, French Tarragon also has several medicinal properties. It is known to aid digestion, improve appetite, and alleviate symptoms of indigestion. It is also a natural insect repellent, making it a great addition to your garden to keep pesky insects at bay.

In addition to its culinary and medicinal uses, French Tarragon can also be used as an ornamental plant in gardens. Its vibrant green foliage and delicate flowers can add beauty to any garden landscape. It can be planted alongside other herbs and flowers to create a visually appealing and fragrant garden space.

Gardeners who want to grow French Tarragon should be aware that it is a relatively demanding plant. It requires regular watering, especially during dry periods, to keep the soil moist. It is also susceptible to diseases and pests, so proper care and maintenance are necessary for its optimal growth.

French Tarragon pairs well with other herbs such as mint, chamaemelum, and helichrysum. It can also be combined with fruits like apples, grapefruits, and pineapple to create refreshing drinks and cocktails. French Tarragon can be used fresh or dried, retaining its flavor and aroma for an extended period.

In conclusion, Artemisia dracunculus or French Tarragon is a versatile herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. Its unique flavor and fragrance make it a valuable ingredient in various dishes, while its medicinal properties provide numerous health benefits. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, growing French Tarragon can be a rewarding experience.

Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’

The Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’ is a variety of the Chamaemelum Nobile herb, also known as Roman Chamomile. It is a perennial plant that is part of the Asteraceae family. The plant has a spreading habit and grows low to the ground, reaching a height of around 15 centimeters (6 inches).

The Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’ is distinguished by its double flowers, which have a white or pale-yellow color. The plant blooms from late spring to early summer, producing small daisy-like flowers that have a pleasant scent. The leaves are feathery and finely divided, giving the plant an elegant appearance.

This variety of Chamaemelum Nobile is native to western Europe and is commonly found growing in meadows and grassy areas. It is often used as a ground cover or for edging in gardens. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is also known for its tolerance to drought conditions.

Common Name Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’
Origin Western Europe
Known Varieties Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Pleno’, Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Double’, Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Boule de Neige’
Planting and Care The Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’ can be planted in the spring or fall. It is best to sow the seeds directly in well-prepared soil, as the plant does not tolerate transplanting well. The seeds should be lightly covered with soil and kept moist until germination occurs. Once established, the plant requires minimal care, including regular watering and occasional fertilization. It is also important to remove any weeds that may compete with the plant for nutrients.
Uses The Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’ has several uses. The flowers can be dried and used to make herbal tea, which is known for its calming and soothing properties. The tea can also be used as a natural remedy for digestive problems and insomnia. In addition, the plant is often used in aromatherapy and skincare products due to its aromatic and skin-soothing qualities.
Related Plants The Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Flore Pleno’ is related to other chamomile varieties, such as Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Italicum’ (also known as English chamomile) and Chamaemelum Nobile ‘Pentaphyllum’ (also known as Moroccan chamomile). These varieties have similar characteristics and uses, although they may differ slightly in appearance and fragrance.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.