(6′) Black Mint/Huacatay is an internationally beloved herb for flavoring sauces, teas, risotto, potatoes, chicken and fish. It is a key ingredient in the ethereal Peruvian aji verde sauce. It is also the source of the essential oil marketed as “marigold oil”. It can best be described as a flavor combination of basil, mint and citrus and tastes like nothing else. The leaves are used fresh, dried, in paste form or frozen. Hang bundles of the dried stems to repel insects from your house and porch. As a bonus, the roots will kill some perennial weeds.
Half hardy annual. 36,000 seed/oz.