Manor Farm Herbs
Manor Farm
Oxfordshire OX27 8DP

Grapefruit Mint

Mentha x piperata citrata 'Grapefruit'

Up to 60cm (2 ft)
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil in sun or partial shade.
Grapefruit Mint: Mentha x piperata citrata 'Grapefruit'

Grapefruit mint has a zesty citrus flavour and mid green slightly hairy leaves. It produces long spikes of incredibly attractive purple flowers in mid to late summer. This mint is worth growing for its flowers alone, as well as its culinary attributes.

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Grapefruit mint does not spread quite as prolifically as some other mints, it produces strong upright stems and looks particularly lovely when it flowers in late summer. It is an ideal mint to grow for culinary purposes or just for its ornamental value.

The leaves and flowers can both be used in cooking, they complement fruit salads and drinks both for flavour and decoration.

Mint Chocolate Mousse

(Serves 4)

  • 225 g good dark chocolate (with a high % cocoa solids)
  • 4 eggs – separated
  • 2 tbs brandy
  • 2 tsp finely chopped grapefruit mint leaves
  • whipped cream and grapefruit mint flowers to decorate

Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave or over in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth. Beat the egg yolks together and add to the chocolate. Beat thoroughly and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Whip the egg whites to the soft peak stage and fold gently into the mousse.

Spoon the mixture into 4 pretty glass bowls and chill for 2 hours. Just before serving, decorate with swirls of whipped cream and mint flowers.

When in full flower grapefruit mint makes a long-lasting cut flower, ensure that all the lower leaves are stripped off before arranging in a vase.