Mint belongs to the plant genus of the Lamiaceae family (mint family). The leaves have a warm, fresh, aromatic, sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste.
The mint leaves are used in teas, drinks, jellies, syrups, candies and ice creams. In the cuisine of Middle East, mint is also used in dishes with lamb.
Mint also contains the chemical component, menthol. This chemical affects the nerve endings in our mouths and makes our mind believe that our mouth is cooler than it really is. This is why we add mint to refreshing drinks and why it is recommended that you consume a drink or mint sorbet between courses that have strong flavors.