The Historical Context - the 19th Century | Mint Flavored Candy & Gum
The Migration Westward | Characteristics of Peppermint and Spearmint | Distilling Mint
Did you know:

The first commercially cultivation of mint in the United States occurred in western Massachusetts in the 1790s.

Two prominent 19th century mint growers/dealers - Hiram G. Hotchkiss of Lyons, New York and A, M. Todd of Michigan - were known in their respective states as "Peppermint Kings."

Hiram G. Hotchkiss

A. M. Todd

In the late 19th century, Black Mitchum, a new variety of peppermint was introduced that flourished on the "muck lands" of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.

Illustration of Hiram G. Hotchkiss courtesy Anne D. Hotchkiss
Illustration of A. M. Todd courtesy A. M. Todd Company

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