Egyptian Mint has a flavor similar to
Apple Mint. But, this is a much more robust plant with sturdy upright
stems and large velvety gray leaves. Mint freely crosses and many different kinds have evolved from this wild
hybridization. Some of these wild plants are great and some are stinky or taste
Scholars disagree on which mint was actually the mint of the Bible, but this is
a nice one from the same region. There were probably many mints then, as there
are today. That Mint was tithed at all, in ancient times, shows the value the Pharisees placed upon this herb. Imagine determining what one tenth of your mint crop
was! Mint was valued for its fresh aroma and sweet taste and often used to flavor meat.
Also an important “strewing” herb, mint stems were hung in doorways and thrown on dirt floors to mask the effects of inadequate sanitation.