Melissa officinalis

Common Names: Lemon balm, common balm, balm mint
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Mint family

It grows to a maximum height of 70 to 150 cm. The leaves have a mild lemon scent similar to mint. The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as a repellent for mosquitoes.

Most commonly found in herb gardens in Connecticut. Blooms in summer.

Edible Notes: Lemon balm is often used as a flavoring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is also frequently paired with fruit dishes or candies. It can be used in fish dishes and is the key ingredient in lemon balm pesto.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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