Egyptian Mint has a flavor similar to Apple Mint. But, this is a much more robust plant with sturdy upright stems and large velvety gray leaves.Mint freely crosses and many different kinds have evolved from this wild hybridization. Some of these wild plants are great and some are stinky or taste bitter.
Scholars disagree on which mint was actually the mint of the Bible, but this is a nice one from the same region. There were probably many mints then, as there are today. That Mint was tithed at all, in ancient times, shows the value the Pharisees placed upon this herb. Imagine determining what one tenth of your mint crop was! Mint was valued for its fresh aroma and sweet taste and often used to flavor meat. Also an important strewing herb, mint stems were hung in doorways and thrown on dirt floors to mask the effects of inadequate sanitation.
EGYPTIAN MINT (Mentha niliaca): “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” Luke 11:42.
This plant is often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Egyptian Mint Plug Trays are available.
Read our Mint Care and Tips page for more on how to tame your mint.
See our Great Mint Repotting Caper for more on proper soil, division and replanting of mints.