Spearmint, or Mentha spicata, is a type of mint similar to peppermint. It’s a perennial plant that hails from Europe and Asia but now commonly grows on five continents around the world. It gets its name from its characteristic spear-shaped leaves.
Spearmint has a pleasantly sweet taste and is frequently used to flavor toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum. One common way to enjoy this herb is brewed into a tea, which can be made from either fresh or dried leaves.