Comax Flavors has identified Lavender Mint—a balanced blend of fresh and herbal mint is serenely swathed in clean and floral lavender—as a flavor of the month for January.
This aromatic flavor can be used in a variety of applications such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, beverage mixes, confections, sweet and savory seasonings, dairy applications, plant-based products, and even pharmaceutical products such as tablets and supplements.
Lavender is a genus of Lavandula, which is part of the Lamiaceae/Mint family of flowering plants. The name “lavender” is from the Latin verb “lavare,” which means “to wash.” According to U.S. Lavender Growers Association, there are over 45 different lavender species with over 450 varieties.
It is believed that lavender originated in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Bulgaria, France and China are currently the largest lavender oil suppliers in the world, according to Taylor & Francis. In the U.S., Sequim, Wash., is known as the “Lavender Capital of North America.”
The fragrant and aromatic herb is popular in fragranced and flavored consumer packaged goods. According to Persistence Market Research, the global lavender oil market is expected to reach $124.2 million, a CAGR of 6.2% between 2016 and 2024.
Peppermint and spearmint are the two most popular forms of the Mentha species. Both ingredients signal freshness, which is reinforced by their cooling sensations.
The biggest difference between peppermint and spearmint is the content of menthol. Peppermint contains 40% of menthol compared to spearmint, which only has .05%. According to the Mint Industry
Research Council, 45% of mint oil produced in the U.S. is used for flavoring chewing gum, 45% is used to flavor dentifrices (toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) and the remaining 10% is used for the confectionery, pharmaceutical, liqueur and aromatherapy industries.
A natural astringent and antiseptic, mint is said to aid in upset stomach and indigestion, soothe nausea, increase alertness, reduce headaches and relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Mint is a popular herb with several national food holidays. National Peppermint Patty Day is observed annually on February 11 while National Chocolate Mint Day is on February 19 and National Mint Julep Day is May 30.
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