Quick Facts: Mint

• There are 15 common varieties of mint.

• Wintergreen frequently is mistaken for a mint plant, but is actually an oily chemical called methyl salicylate that is extracted from different plants.

• According to Greek mythology, the mint plant originated from a beautiful water nymph named Minthe who attracted the attention of Hades, the ruler of the underworld.

• During the Middle Ages, mint leaves were ground into a powder and used to whiten teeth.

• In Central America, the plant is known as yerba buena, meaning “good herb.”