Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 4, Issue 3&4,2006
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Influence of different harvest times on the yield and oil composition of spearmint (Mentha spicata L. var. spicata)


Süleyman Kizil *, Özlem Tonçer

Recieved Date: 2006-07-03, Accepted Date: 2006-09-24


The study reports determination of appropriate harvest time and its effect on essential oil composition of spearmint. The results indicated that the highest yield in terms of fresh herbage, dry herbage and dry leaf was obtained when harvesting was done after full flowering stage. However, the highest essential oil content was obtained at full flowering stage. Carvone with range of 48.6-57.9%, ρ-cymene with range of 9.6-20.5% and 1,8-cineole with range of 14.6-19.3% were determined as major components of spearmint essential oil.


Spearmint, Mentha spicata var.spicata, herbage yield, essential oil components

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2006
Volume: 4
Issue: 3&4
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 135-137

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