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Mentha x piperita  f. citrata

 

EAU DE COLOGNE MINT


Fully hardy perennial, Ht. 80 cm. Mauve/pink flowers from summer to autumn.

Large roundish, purple and orange tinged, dark green, leaves with a definite ‘4711’ scent.

Aspect : Full Sun

Flower colour : Mauve/Pink

Hardiness : Full Hardy

Type : Perennial

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uses

 

A good companion plant for tomatoes and cabbages

 attracting beneficial insects, and distracting pests.

 

 A  bee plant aiding pollination of tomatoes,

attracting butterfies away from cabbages.

 

When grown in the veg plot should be contained in a big pot to control spread

and to facillitate moving with the crop rotation.

 

Pick the leaves regularly to encourange bushy growth.

 

 

Hang some in a muslin bag under the hot water tap of your bath

 for a wonderful scenting of the bath water.

 

mint julep

Although not an obvious choice of mint for a mint julep,

 Eau de cologne mint adds a warm velvety flavour not

apparent with other mints.

Ingredients:

  • About 20 mint leaves, plus more for garnish if you like
  •  
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  •  
  • 2 to 3 oz. bourbon
  •  
  • Plenty of crushed ice
  •  

Preparation:

 

  1. Put mint leaves and sugar into a glass    
  2. Muddle leaves and sugar until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add bourbon, stir.
  4. Fill glass with crushed ice and stir
  5. Garnish with additional mint leaves 
  6. Serve immediately.