Melissa is a member of the mint family. It has the distinctive square stem and heart shaped leaves of its cousin. However, the leaves produce a lemony scent when crushed. The name Melissa is a Greek word that means 'honey bee'. In the summertime, it produces white flowers that are very attractive to bees.  With its lemony sweet taste, melissa is often used in ice cream flavoring and herbal teas, both hot and iced.

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Handling & Storage


Available May through September

Also Known As

  • Lemon balm
  • Balm
  • Bee balm

Melissa can be stored washed and wrapped at 35F.

  • Melissa officinalis


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