English Name : Mentha arvensis
Local Name (Nepali Name)) : Pudinaa
BotanicalName : Mantha Arvensia
Family Name : labiatae
Season : June - July
Parts Used : Leaves
Appearance : Slightly thick
Aroma : Strong, fresh and somewhat bitter-sweet.
Flash Point : 71ēC
Specific Gravity : 0.8930 to 0.9115 at 25° C
Refractive Index : 1.457 to 1.479 at 25° C
Optical Rotation : - 16 to -45 at 25° C
Solubility : Soluble in 1.2 to 2.5 vol. of .70% alcohol
Soluble in water : Insoluble
Uses : It is aromatic, antispasmodic, carminative, stomachic, refrigerant, stimulant, emmenogogue and diuretic.
Packaging : 1 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg, 25 kg
Mentha is widely found in terai region of Nepal, especially far west region. It was adopted and now cultivated for commercial purpose. It is a perennial herb, 60 cm high. Leaves simple, opposite, short stalked, oblong, 2.5-5 cm long obtusely or acutely serrated. Flowers are small and lilac in auxiliary whorls. Fruits nut lets are smooth. It's essential oil is extracted via steam distillation process.