Meltzer’s Puremints Pastilles contain natural spearmint oil that was specifically chosen for its sweetness and full bodied flavor. We carefully blend it with our custom peppermint oil for a refreshingly cool background. Like all of our oils and herbs, our spearmint oil contains absolutely nothing artificial. No artificial flavor enhancers, no artificial cooling agents, no artificial anything! It is Pure and Natural which is something Meltzer’s is committed to and takes great pride in. So we state it clearly right on the front label. Also, Meltzer’s Spearmint oil was not produced using Propylene glycol, a controversial solvent often used in flavor or flavor oil manufacture, nor was our Spearmint oil gamma-irradiated. Green tea, parsley, and peppermint leaf extract, in addition to being known as herbs good for digestion, help to enhance the flavor of Spearmint Puremints.
Sweet, subtle, and refreshing are words that describe Spearmint. The mild cousin of peppermint, spearmint has a gentle flavor that reminds one of old-fashioned candy. Spearmint doesn’t have the menthol bite that peppermint carries and is pleasantly pleasing. Like peppermint, however, it has been around for centuries and has been traditionally used for flavor as well as health-supporting properties.
Spearmint has been used extensively in western and eastern traditional cultures for flavoring and digestive support. Spearmint leaf is a component of herbal teas enjoyed by many and has long been used in folk medicine. Spearmint has been used for it’s aromatic qualities as well as to support the stomach and digestion.
Spearmint is supplied almost entirely from cultivation. Spearmint is grown throughout the world, primarily in the United States (the Pacific Northwest), China, Egypt, former Yugoslavia, and Hungary.
Spearmint propagates through underground rootstalks and has rather aggressive growth - it can easily take over many gardens. The quality of the oil, just like peppermint oil, is defined and determined by the growing conditions. Spearmint does best in moist soil with part shade. The amount of water and moisture, sunlight, fertility of the soil, and temperature all contribute to the chemical make-up, as well as to the amount of flavor constituents found in the mint oil. Although not as complex chemically as peppermint, spearmint does vary in quality and flavor variations. As with peppermint, a careful spearmint grower is able to cultivate plants to achieve an optimal flavor profile while achieving exciting variations in the end flavor by intimately knowing how separate microclimates affect the plants. We compare this to the growing of grapes for fine wines.
Spearmint contains up to 2.5% essential oil which contains 50% carvone, as well as dihydrocarveol acetate and other monoterpenes. Menthol, the strong, bitter compound that helps make peppermint oil taste so “cool” tasting, is primarily absent in spearmint. The actual composition of essential oil of spearmint varies considerably according to its origin and growing conditions.
Parsley is most popular as a garnish and is an excellent breath freshener. Parsley was cultivated as early as the third century BC. The Romans used Parsley as a garnish and flavoring. It spread to the Americas in the 17th century, where it now grows plentifully. It is the most widely used culinary herb in the United States. Parsley is difficult to process because it takes twelve pounds of fresh Parsley to make one pound of dried. However, more people still use dried Parsley than fresh leaves as a garnish in soups, salads, meats, vegetables, and sauces.
Green tea is usually made into a hot beverage offering many health benefits. Green tea (Camellia sinensis leaves) has been used for thousands of years dating back to early China and Japan.; In addition to being known for its health supportive benefits it is also used for freshening the mouth and breath. Green tea is widely known as having antioxidant properties – several of it’s active components include polyphenols and catechins. The more processing tea leaves undergo, the darker they will turn. Green tea is the least processed tea. The tea leaves are steamed quickly. Black and red teas are partially dried, crushed and fermented.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) use dates back to the early 18th century and is quite similar to how it is used today. Peppermint tea has always been enjoyed and, more recently, peppermint's distinctive flavor has become popular as a lozenge or mint. Peppermint has been used by herbalists as a general digestive aid as well as to relax and sooth the intestines. The two main cultivated forms are the black mint, which has violet-colored leaves and stems and a relatively high oil content, and the white mint, which has pure green leaves and a milder taste.