Know Your Veggies: Nepitella (Calamintha nepeta)

Nepitella is the Italian name for Calamintha nepeta.  It’s sometimes called lesser calamint in English.  A member of the mint family, nepitella grows wild in Italy, particularly in Umbria and Tuscany.  It’s flavor is something like a cross between mint and oregano, and can be used on nearly any savory dish.  We also throw a few leaves and some lemon slices in our water pitcher for a refreshing beverage .  This mint is growing in popularity, and we have seen it on pizza in SF.

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Photo credit: “Calamintha nepeta nepeta0” by Kurt Stüber [1] – part of Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

–posted by Steven


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