Written by Don Richardson
Mint (Mentha x Piperita) 'Chocolate'
Plant Type
Perennial Herb/Ground Cover
1-3’ tall, 1-2’ wide, spreads
Sun Exposure
Full sun – part shade (3hrs.+)
Soil Type
Light sand, loam, clay
Soil pH
6.0-7.0 acidic - alkaline
Bloom Time
Spring & Summer
Hardiness Zones
3a-10   Food Forest Plant
Moist, well drained
-30°F –
Self-pollinates, self-seeds 
Edible Plant
Medicinal Plant
Any reference to medicinal or culinary use of plants or plant parts should in no way be considered an endorsement by The Ocala Food Forest or its staff. Research is crucial in safe and proper consumption or experimentational use of any plant.

The chocolate mint plant (Mentha x Piperita) is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint that grows wild in many parts of the world. With its distinctive aroma and flavor, it has been used for centuries to make all kinds of culinary delights. This blog post will delve into the world of this unique herb, exploring its history, uses, varieties, and more.
History and Origins 
The exact origin of the chocolate mint plant is unknown; however, it likely originated in Europe where it was cultivated by ancient Greeks and Romans. In the 18th century, it was introduced to North America by European settlers who brought it with them as they colonized new lands.  Today, it grows wild throughout much of the temperate regions of Europe and North America.   
Types Of Chocolate Mint Plant 
There are several varieties of Mentha x Piperita that vary in their appearance and flavor profiles. One common variety is known as “orange” or “citrus” mint which has a stronger citrusy flavor than other varieties. Another common variety is called “black” or “smokey” mint which has a smokier taste than other types due to its higher concentration of oils. There are also peppermint-scented versions which have a sharper menthol scent than other types.
Uses Of Chocolate Mint Plant  
The chocolate mint plant is most commonly used for culinary purposes but can also be used medicinally or even ornamental purposes. In terms of cooking, its leaves can be used fresh or dried in order to add flavor to dishes such as salads, teas, sauces, desserts, and much more. It can also be utilized as an herbal remedy; when brewed into a tea or tincture it can help alleviate indigestion and stimulate circulation. Finally, its beautiful bright green foliage makes it an attractive addition to any garden landscape!
 Chocolate mint plants have been prized for centuries for their aromatic leaves that can add an extra zing to many dishes or drinks - from teas to salads! Not only that but they can also be used medicinally or even just enjoyed as part of your garden landscape due to their attractive foliage! Whether you want to use them for cooking or just appreciate them aesthetically - there's something for everyone when it comes to this versatile plant! So why not give chocolate mint plants a try? You won't regret it!


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