Scientific Name: Mentha Arvensis.
Generally, whether used for medical purpose or for giving aromatic touch to your food, the whole plant of pudina is used. From the pudina leaves, mint oil is extracted which is normally used commercially.
Commercial name or English Name: Field Mint and Pudina. Pudina can be defined as a plant with fragrant leaves.
Comes in the category of mint and is used in kitchens throughout India. It is dark green in color and is used as a flavoring agent as it tastes like peppermint in cuisines world over.
Marketable use: Leaves and Mint oil extracted from pudina leaves. Mint oil is extracted from the leaves and is used for various commercial purposes. It is used in chewing gum, tooth paste, cakes, pastries and sweets, fish, soup, vinegar(sour liquid prepared from wine) and also for preparing medicines. It is highly used in while preparing curry in India.
Pudina chutney is one of the most highly popular forms of pudina.
Pudina chutney is taken after finishing the food because it helps in quick digestion of food.
Commercially, in India pudina comes in the form of pudin hara which is thick green colored syrup taken for gastric ailments.
Pudina tablets (round shaped) are also available in the market and are normally given to a person suffering from vomiting, abdominal pain, cough problem and high fever.
Climate: Pudina plant is small in size but it might vary from place to place. Pudina is available throughout India and the seeds of pudina plant are sown in between November or December and the plant is harvested in the month of March.
Interesting Fact: Pudina plant is that it is entirely antiseptic and after processing gives in methanol which is effective in curing headaches and many other ailments and is also used in preparing several medical ointments.