Mentha australis (Lamiateae Family)
This rambling mint bush is
found across south eastern Australia in moist forests and around
waterways. The thin, soft serrated and pointed leaves are found in
pairs on long running branches, tipped with delicate mauve florets.
This is a subtle Australian native herb with the taste and aroma of
spearmint. Indigenous Australians also used this herb for medicinal
River Mint is summer growing, thriving along the riverbanks
after flood, particularly in the Murray Darling Basin waterways. It
was enthusiastically embraced by the early settlers and used with
their roast lamb.
The commercial production
of River Mint is being undertaken in shade house conditions with
automatic irrigation systems and sequenced flush harvesting.