The snuff produced along the Wandle was often flavoured with herbs, many of which were grown near the Wandle.
The most famous herbs were however peppermint and lavender, both of which were deemed to be the best in the world. Cuttings were taken from these plants and planted as far afield as the U.S.A, France and Italy. But these were never as good as the Mitcham ones.
Black Mitcham Mint
This rare original variety was saved by an elderly gentleman, presumably a Mitcham resident. The man rescued a few plants of Mitcham mint when the fields were turned over to food crops during World War l
He passed the plants on to Jim Casson of Frith Farm. Jim was able to propagate enough plants to fill a field. This would have fulfilled the wish of the old gentleman who wanted to see a field full of black mint once more.
Jims crop now covers 100 acres and is probably the only original English mint crop grown anywhere.
The mint oil is used by the perfume industry and to flavour superior mint chocolates.