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There are dozens of varieties of mint but the two you are most likely to find in the market are spearmint and peppermint. As the name implies the peppermint is spicier with a more pungent flavor. Its leaves are brighter green with a purple tinge to the spines and stems.
Because spearmint doesn't contain menthol it is the milder of the two. It has larger grayish-green leaves.