04/22/2013 12:46 EDT | Updated 06/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Most cultivated types of mint are spearmint, peppermint and apple mint

More about mint:

— There are numerous species and hybrids of mint, but the three most cultivated are spearmint, peppermint and apple mint.

— Catnip or catmint is a member of the same family of plants.

— Mint expands by sending out stolons, or runners, that take root at several points to form new plants. It is generally considered invasive.

— Fresh mint leaves should be used immediately or can be stored up to a couple of days in a refrigerator. Trim the ends and place in a glass with about 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water. Cover with a loose-fitting plastic bag.

— To freeze fresh mint, wash, trim and chop it. Allow to dry thoroughly, then place in heavy-duty freezer bags or freeze in ice-cube trays with a small amount of water before placing in bags.

— Dried mint leaves should be stored in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark, dry area.

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