Farm Facts: Mint
Peppermint and spearmint have been grown in Indiana since the late 1800s. Today, the state ranks fourth in the nation in the production of peppermint and fifth in spearmint. Here are more fun facts about mint:
• 11 percent of U.S.-produced peppermint is grown in Indiana.
• The four varieties of peppermint are Black Mitcham, the original selection from the wild, and three variations: Todd’s Mitcham, Murray Mitcham and Robert’s Mitcham.
• Mint is grown for the oils it produces in specialized glands on the leaves and stems. This oil is recovered by distilling the harvested plants using steam.
• About 23,000 acres of peppermint and 2,500 acres of spearmint are harvested in Indiana each year.
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Source: Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service