Spearmint has a sweet flavour imparting a cool sensation to the mouth. It has a aromatic and fresh bouquet.
For most culinary purposes spearmint is the preferred variety. Mint combines well with many vegetables such as new potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and peas. A few chopped leaves give refreshment to green salads and salad dressings.
Here in India fresh mint chutney is popular. Spearmint is popular in the Balkans and Middle East, where it is used both fresh and dried with grilled meats, stuffed vegetables and rice and is an essential ingredient of dolmas, stuffed vine leaves. Yogurt dressings, dips and soups often include mint.
Mint brings a bright, bold flavor to recipes. On the savory side, spearmint is usually the mint of choice,
Spearmint's relatively mild flavor comes from the chemical ingredient carvone. It's most widespread use is Wrigley's Spearmint Gum.