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Mint, which grow well in France, is usually easy to find, especially spearmint, the common garden mint; menthe poivrée, peppermint, is also common, and sometimes you’ll see menthe aquatique (also known as baume d'eau, baume de rivière, bonhomme de rivière, menthe rouge, menthe à grenouille or riolet) which is mostly used in essential oil.

Dried mint, however, is difficult to find.

Mint tea is a classic herbal tea; crème de menthe is a powerfully minty liqueur, the most famous of which is Get.

Herbs and spices

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Anna