Mint (genus Mentha) – According to Greek mythology, the nymph Mentha angered Pluto’s wife Persephone who turned her into the fragrant herb. In addition to peppermint and spearmint, dozens of different varieties of mint are available to the home gardener. Most of these have undertones of other foods such as apple, lemon, orange, pineapple, and even chocolate. Fresh mint is often used in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian cooking, and can also be used to make teas and infusions. Stalks of fresh mint will root readily in a glass of water, and it grows so rampantly that it might be a good idea to get permission from your neighbours before planting any in your own yard.