Spearmint, aromatic herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae), widely used for culinary purposes. The leaves are used fresh or dried to flavour many foods, particularly sweets, beverages, salads, soups, cheeses, meats, fish, sauces, fruits, and vegetables. The essential oil is used to flavour toothpaste, candles, candies, and jellies; its principal component is carvone.
Spearmint is cultivated widely in South East part of Turkey. Farmers harvest this plant in June and later several times more during summer months.
In Turkish cuisine, spearmint flakes is usually combined with yogurt and garlic . Food lovers can google 2 famous Turkish food where spearmint is essential : Cacik, Manti