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Old 06-03-2015, 08:40 PM   #11
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With many fresh herbs, including sweet basil, oregano, thyme, savory, cilantro, and sage, I have noticed a distinct, if mild mint flavor, reminiscent of spearmint. This is not a surprise to me as they are all members of the mint family. I found this site - Herbs of the Mint Family that gives a large list of common, and uncommon plants from this very large family. Many are commonly uses as culinary and medicinal herbs, though they are not actually herbaceous plants.

Just as my wife is overly sensitive to capsicum, I am very sensitive to the classic mint flavor. The dried versions of these plants that I listed don't have that minty flavor to me.

Inchrisin, you may be hyper-sensitive to the menthol and other aromatic oils common to the mint family, and so taste the mint that others don't taste. I know that I taste them, fortunately for me, very mildly as I detest the mint flavor in spearmint, mint candies (I vomited once when my grandmother fed me a York Peppermint Patty). Peppermint is the worst for me, and I'm not fond of horehound either (another mint that used to be made into candies).

Please, not mint ice cream for me, or mint sauce on my lamb.

Interestingly, wintergreen has the same cooking effect in the mouth that mint does. But it's from camphor, not menthol. I love the flavor of wintergreen. Mix some wintergreen flavor with brown sugar, swirl in carbonated water and you have something that tastes just like root beer. Birch buds also have that same flavor.

Take a look at that site. The number of mints included is by no means complete, and it's large.

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Old 06-03-2015, 08:45 PM   #12
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What a neat site! Thanks Chief!
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:36 PM   #13
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Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing that, Chief. I found this site which adds to it: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com.../Lamiaceae.htm
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:39 PM   #14
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All fresh herbs taste like mint

Now I want mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I always find myself wanting mint chocolate chip ice cream...

Another cool site, thanks GG!
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Now I want mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I always find myself wanting mint chocolate chip ice cream...

Another cool site, thanks GG!
You can have mine. I'll take some strawberry cheesecake or maplenut, or butter-pecan thank you.

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All fresh herbs taste like mint

It's a deal, Chief! Though I may have a hard time giving up the butter pecan.
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Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing that, Chief. I found this site which adds to it: Lamiaceae: Mint Family (Labiatae). Identify plants and flowers.
Thanks for the site. I knew about the square stocks, but not the opposite leaves or the 5 petal flowers.

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Wow....very interesting. I skimmed through the links y'all posted and saved them to read at length tomorrow....I never would have thought that the strongly scented sage and rosemary, for example, were part of the mint family. Shows how much I know about herbs.

Dawg, mint choc chip ice cream is one of my faves, too - I almost always have it because the grands like it so much, too. Now that butter pecan has been mentioned though, I may have to get that next time - I love it and it's been ages since I've had it. The grands can take it or leave it.
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With many fresh herbs, including sweet basil, oregano, thyme, savory, cilantro, and sage, I have noticed a distinct, if mild mint flavor, reminiscent of spearmint. This is not a surprise to me as they are all members of the mint family. I found this site - Herbs of the Mint Family that gives a large list of common, and uncommon plants from this very large family. Many are commonly uses as culinary and medicinal herbs, though they are not actually herbaceous plants.

Just as my wife is overly sensitive to capsicum, I am very sensitive to the classic mint flavor. The dried versions of these plants that I listed don't have that minty flavor to me.

Inchrisin, you may be hyper-sensitive to the menthol and other aromatic oils common to the mint family, and so taste the mint that others don't taste. I know that I taste them, fortunately for me, very mildly as I detest the mint flavor in spearmint, mint candies (I vomited once when my grandmother fed me a York Peppermint Patty). Peppermint is the worst for me, and I'm not fond of horehound either (another mint that used to be made into candies).

Please, not mint ice cream for me, or mint sauce on my lamb.

Interestingly, wintergreen has the same cooking effect in the mouth that mint does. But it's from camphor, not menthol. I love the flavor of wintergreen. Mix some wintergreen flavor with brown sugar, swirl in carbonated water and you have something that tastes just like root beer. Birch buds also have that same flavor.

Take a look at that site. The number of mints included is by no means complete, and it's large.

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Now I want mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I always find myself wanting mint chocolate chip ice cream...

Another cool site, thanks GG!

I can just put some of my basil in some vanilla ice cream. :P I'll be good and just look at the Nestle chocolate chips in my cupboard.
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