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Mint Landscape: from Field to Flavor

By: Mark Morris, Agricultural Research & Development; and Eric Robbins, A.M. Todd
Posted: May 23, 2005, from the June 2005 issue of P&F magazine.

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  • June 2005 issue, pg 46
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Mint’s popularity is undeniable; lately, however, producers have faced increasing pressure to reduce raw material costs. Here Mark Morris and Eric Robbins provide an update on the world of mint — the issues and challenges — from both the agronomist’s and the flavorist’s perspective.

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The mint family (Labiatae or Lamiaceae) is composed of many species — including basil, lavender, rosemary, peppermint and spearmint — grown commercially for their essential oils or leaves. This article focuses on agricultural practices employed in the production of peppermint (Mentha x piperita). Because the global peppermint oil market has become increasingly competitive, agricultural practices that maintain oil quality while managing production costs are more crucial today than ever before.

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