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Scientific Name: Mentha x gracilis
Alternative Names: Vietnamese mint

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Mentha x gracilis


  • Perennial
  • Ginger mint is native to Asia and Europe.
  • It is an erect mint with a ginger aroma and it bears lavender blooms in late summer.
  • Ginger mint prefers full sun/partial shade and well-drained soil, particularly during winter.
  • Mint can be invasive – it is best to grow it in a pot.
  • It should be pruned by removing old stems throughout the growing season, which encourages newer shoots to grow.
  • At the end of the growing season, when the leaves are turning yellow or brown, the plant should be cut down to the ground.
  • Doing so will help the plant survive the winter and allow it to grow back next year.
  • Mint is an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.

Culinary Uses

  • Ginger mint leaves can be added to fruit salads and pair very well with melons or tomatoes.
  • Finely chopped leaves make a great addition to butter spreads, lemonade, and hot chocolate.
  • It can be mixed with lemon juice and salt and pepper to flavour fish and other meat dishes.
  • It is a popular mint in Vietnamese dishes such as chicken or beef.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Ginger mint has antiseptic properties.
  • It can also be used to brew herbal teas, which can treat fevers, headaches, and digestive ailments.

Other Uses

  • Since the smell of ginger mint wards off rats and mice, it is placed in granaries to keep pests away from the grain.
  • Ginger mint is a good companion plant for cabbages and tomatoes since it acts as an insect repellant.
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