This rambling mint bush is found across south eastern Australia in moist forests and around waterways. The thin, soft serrated and pointed leaves are found in pairs on long running branches, tipped with delicate mauve florets. A subtle Australian native herb with the taste and aroma of spearmint.
Indigenous Australians also used this herb for medicinal purposes.
River Mint is summer growing, thriving along the riverbanks after flood, particularly in the Murray Darling Basin waterways. It was enthusiastically embraced by the early settlers and used with their roast lamb.
Makes an interesting mint tea, which is reputedly good for easing the effects of colds. The crushed leaves were traditionally sniffed to relieve headache.
Suggestions for use:
- Replace common mint varieties with River Mint in any recipe