MINT (ἡδύοσμος). The herb mentioned in
Dried, powdered mint leaves apparently were assiduously tithed by the Pharisees. This “bitter herb” was eaten at the Passover (
It grows taller than the usual mint grown in Europe and the USA—often, in fact, three ft. high.
The synagogues in our Lord’s days had sprigs of mint sprinkled on the floor, so that the fragrance arose when they were walked on. Shaw mentions this in Plants in the Missouri Botanical Garden (1884).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)