|Blue Balsam Tea Mint||(M. x piperita)||Excellent variety of peppermint. More refined flavor for tea and culinary purposes.|
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita 'Mitcham'). The best-tasting peppermint is found under various names throughout the country: 'Mitcham', black-stemmed, 'Blue Balsam', and even chocolate mint. It is highly mentholated, almost hot, and full of flavor. The plant has a deep purple-blue cast to the stem, and the leaves are a bit larger and rounder than those of other peppermints. Its strong taste holds up well in cooked dishes. It's also good in drinks and desserts where you want intense flavor. Chocolate mint works well with chocolate-in cookies, cakes, brownies, and ice cream.
Place mint leaves in boiled water, steep, strain, then sweeten to taste, OR: bring 2 C. sugar and 4 C. water to boil and pour over 2 C. mint leaves and 2 sliced lemons packed in heat resistant jar or bowl; let stand overnight, then strain and store in refrigerator (this concentrate may be frozen for later use). To serve pour into 1 gallon container and fill with water and ice.