Botanical name: Mentha piperita
How to grow it: Peppermint is a very vigorous plant that will spread rapidly by it’s roots. I’d recommend you grow it in pots or containers to avoid it taking over your garden. Preferred position is part sun or even shade – and it likes plenty of water.
Propogation is simple – just pull out any piece of root in it’s growing season and replant it.
In the kitchen: Personally I prefer Garden mint for cooking, though in many situations peppermint would make a good substitute.
My favourite use is the fresh leaves as a tea, or added to other herbs for a tea blend. Peppermint is known as a mild stimulant and can be used pretty freely as a pick-me-up or to aid study, late nights on the job etc. Also thought to aid memory & and mental alertness.
Peppermint is also used to repel spiders and ants and you could try a strong infusion (tea) and spray it around your window sills and entry point for ants. The essential oil is commonly used for this purpose too.