The Wisconsin Mint Industry
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Mint has been used for its aroma and flavor for thousands of years. During the Middle Ages, mint was grown in both medicinal and kitchen gardens and was used for a wide variety of purposes: from whitening teeth, healing insect bites, to curing nausea, colds and indigestion. It was not until the mid-18th century, in England, that the plant began to achieve commercial significance.
Commercial mint varieties were first introduced to the U.S. in early 19th century, when peppermint fields were established near Ashord, Massachusetts. Mint production gradually spread to New York, Ohio, and Michigan. Commercial mint was not introduced to the northwest until 1920.