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Last Updated : Oct 22,2020

What are Mint Leaves? ( Pudina) | Uses,Benefits + Recipes with Mint Leaves
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Also known as
Phudina, Pudina, Fudina.

What are Mint leaves? (Pudina)

Mint is a generic term for 'mentha plant' family. The most common and popular mints for cultivation are peppermint (Mentha × piperita), spearmint (Mentha spicata), and (more recently) apple mint. It is an aromatic herb widely used in the preparation of teas, beverages, jellies, syrups, candies, and ice creams.

The mint leaf, fresh or dried, is the culinary source of mint. The leaf colors range from dark green and gray-green to purple, blue, and sometimes pale yellow. They are arranged in opposite pairs around a thin stem. The plant has wide-spreading underground rhizomes.

Fresh mint is usually preferred over dried mint when storage of the mint is not a problem. Mint leaves have a pleasant, fresh, sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste. In India, mint is used to prepare peppy chutneys, raitas, stuffing etc.

Chopped mint
Mint leaves should be washed very well since the leaves and stems tend to collect sand and soil. Before washing, trim off the roots and separate the leaves. Put the washed leaves on a chopping board and chop them in small 1-2 inch sized pieces.
Mint sprig
a bunch of mint leaves bound together is called a mint sprig. The sprig may be chopped finely or coarsely as per recipe. Chopped mint sprigs are usually used as garnishing or to make mint paste.

How to select pudina, mint leaves

Look for mint leaves that have firm, unwilted leaves, are vividly deep green in color with no signs of yellowing or browning. Leaves that are smaller in size will be more tender and have a milder flavour.

Culinary Uses of pudina, mint leaves

•  The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many South Asian foods (particularly chutneys), in Chinese dishes and in Mexican salsas and guacamole.  
•  Alcoholic drinks sometimes feature mint for flavor or garnish, namely the Mint Julep and the Mojito. Crème de menthe is a mint-flavored liqueur used in drinks such as the grasshopper. 
•  Chopped mint leaves are a garnish on cooked dishes such as dal and curries. As heat diminishes their flavor quickly, mint leaves are often used raw or added to the dish right before serving.  
•  Mint leaves can be chopped and added to salads or washed and eaten plain. 
•  In Indian and Central Asian recipes, mint leaves are used in large amounts to make cool refershing drinks like mintade or jaljeera. 
•  Mint leaves are used in few dishes like mint-coriander chutney, rasam, sambar, meat, fish, poultry items and biryanis.

How to store pudina, mint leaves

Fresh mint leaves should be used immediately or stored up to a couple of days in plastic bags within a refrigerator. Optionally, mint can be frozen in ice cube trays. Dried mint leaves should be stored in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark, dry place.

Health Benefits of pudina, mint leaves

1. Treats Indigestion : Mint (pudina) being an anti-inflammatory reduces the inflammation in the stomach and shows a cleansing effect. The best effect is seen by chewing fresh mint leaves. This is because chewing mint activates the salivary glands which in turn produces digestive enzymes. This will help relieve indigestion and soothe your stomach.

2. Aids Weight Loss : Mint (pudina) is a leafy vegetable which is sure to create nourishing dishes without piling on calories, carbs or fat for that instance. What is has to offer instead is FIBER. This nutrient profile in totality will help you achieve your weight loss target without any thought process.

3. Safeguards Against Bad Breath : You have just gobbled on garlic soup or onion paratha, so what’s next you will do? Pop up a chewing gum or have mukhwas. Next time try chewing on some mint leaves. It will give you the same oral freshness as the mint chewing gum would lend.

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Nutrition Information of Pudina, Mint Leaves?

1 cup of chopped mint leaves is about 30 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy - 14 calories
Protein – 1.4 g
Carbohydrate – 1.7 g
Fat – 0.2 g
Fiber – 1.9 g

34.2mcg of vitamin B9 (Folate) = 34.2% of RDA (about 100 mcg)
8.1 mg of vitamin C = 20.25% of RDA (about 40 mg)
486 mcg of vitamin A = 10% of RDA (4800 mcg)
0.33 mg of Vitamin B3 (Niacin) = 1.57% of RDA (about 16 to 21 mg for men)

60 mg of Calcium = 3.75% of RDA (about 1000 mg)
4.7 mg of Iron = 6.6% of RDA (20 mg for women)
18 mg of Magnesium = 5.1% of RDA (about 350 mg)
19 mg of phosphorus = 3.2% of RDA (about 600 mg)

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