Object: Mint - Mentha - Pot herbs

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Mentha spicata, wikimedia commons

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Mint is a perennial herb that spreads easily and was highly valued by the Europeans as a flavoring and a medicinal.   It was probably not native to North America, and is mentioned  as being part of the gardens of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Massachusetts.  

See a detailed article on the archeology of plant life in New Amsterdam by Joel Grossman, PhD. here.  Courtesy of the Holland Society of New York.