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Habek mint is a variety of mint that has long, narrow leaves. The leaves are mildly hairy, oblong in shape, and grey-green in color. The soft leaves measure from 7 to 20 millimeters in width, by 45 to 100 millimeters length. The Habek mint plant produces lilac, purple or white flowers that grow in dense clusters on the tips of the mauve- colored spiked stems. Habek mint is very aromatic, with a strong camphor scent. It has a sharp, strong peppermint taste.
Habek mint is available year-round, with a peak season in the summer and fall months.
Habek mint is botanically classified as Mentha longifolia, and belongs to the large mint family of Lamiaceae. It may also be called Wild mint, Silver mint, and Horse mint. Habek mint’s aromatic leaves make it a great deterrent for pests, and are thus often grown near cabbages and tomatoes. However, handling the plant may cause skin irritation, as it secretes menthol oils. The oils are TOXIC in large doses, and it is recommended that as a precaution, Habek mint should be cooked or dried before it is consumed.
Habek mint contains essential minerals such as sodium, calcium, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium. It also contains a high amount of essential oils which have antiseptic properties.
The ancient Hebrews, Greeks and Romans used Habek mint as a flavoring and condiment, and the leaves are still used in salads, chutneys, and relishes in the Middle East. One common use for Habek mint is in the traditional salad, tabbouli – a dish of bulgar wheat, lemon juice, salt, pepper, parsley, and mint, along with vegetables such as cucumber. Habek mint leaves are commonly used either fresh or dried, to make tea, and the peppermint-tasting essential oil of the plant may be used to flavor sweets. Habek mint may be used in dishes that call for the use of spearmint. Habek mint is can be stored dried, in an airtight container. To store fresh Habek mint, gather the cut herbs in a bunch, and trim off the stems. Place the bundle in a jar or mug full of water, allowing the ends of the stems to be immersed in water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag, and keep the container in the refrigerator, where they can last for up to over a week, but be sure to change the water every two to three days.
Habek mint is thought to be the species of mint that is referred to in the Bible’s New Testament, where the Pharisees are recorded as paying their tithes in mint, anise and cumin. Thus, Habek mint is also referred to as Bible mint. Habek mint is used medicinally throughout the world, most commonly for respiratory and digestive issues, and the essential oil derived from the mint is known to have stimulating, anti-asthmatic, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. Throughout the world, Habek mint leaves is used soothe coughs, colds, and headaches. In parts of Africa, Habek is used to treat eye diseases, while the Plains Indians used Habek mint to treat backaches and symptoms of cholera.
Habek mint is a widespread plant, and is found throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, and North and South Africa. The exact origins of Habek mint are unknown, although is believed that it was originally cultivated in the Middle East. The Habek mint plant is easily grown, and is found in various territories, from woodlands to deserts and also by aquatic habitats such as near riversides. Like other mints, Habek mint prefers warm, sunny days with temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celcius, and cool nights of around 15 degrees Celcius.