With its strong mint smell and taste, this herb has found its way into homes for millennia where it has been used in the kitchen and as a medicine.
Mentha longifolia or wild mint is a fast-growing, perennial herb that has creeps along an underground rootstock.
It can reach up to 1.5 m high. Strongly aromatic, it makes a wonderful zesty tea and is a household commodity in Israel. It is delicious in salads and vegetable dishes.
Flowering period: November through April.
Medicinal use: it is mainly used for respiratory ailments but many other uses have also been recorded. It is mostly the leaves that are used, usually to make a tea that is drunk for coughs, colds, stomach cramps, asthma, indigestion and headaches
How to grow: Mentha longifolia is easy to grow, with the same requirements as most mints. They do well in pots where they are contained, but need to be repotted every year or two in new compost-rich soil.