We call mint the moody ingredient. It instantly turns black when you are chopping it, as if in protest. In return, you do get back the wonderful spearmint aromas of this most uniquely fragrant herb.

There are upwards of 24 species of mint throughout the globe. They can be found in many environments with most growing in wet environments and moist soils. Growing up to 120cm, they can be quite tenacious and will spread if unchecked.

There is a long list of health benefits of mint associated with Mint. One of the most popular suggests its good for your stomach, and looking back; its gastronomically use is well documented.

It features well in historical documents with the Romans having brought it to Britain as mint sauce, and even the Ancient Hebrews scattered it on their synagogue floors.

Mint is a symbol of hospitality and wisdom and certainly emanates freshness and cleanliness through its countless uses in the modern world. Just think toothpaste, tik taks and our forever favourite polos.

The menthol in mint is a complete standalone of any ingredient in cooking. There is an actual chemical reaction that triggers the cooling sensation you feel. This provides the perfect complement to any recipe to give a freshness unlike anything else.

Mint is a summer grower and can be abundant and spread through your patch uncontrollably if not attended. It has a nettle looking appearance with a thicker stem than you might imagine.

Although there is no ‘world mint day’, so to speak, would you believe there is a ‘world chocolate mint day’ on the 19th of February. A reflection on this extremely popular combination introduced in the 19th Century, and now a nation’s favourite. Who doesn’t love an After Eight Mint as a special treat at Christmas?