Mint leaves have a warm, fresh, aromatic, sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste. Essential in teas, beverages, jellies, syrups, candies, and ice creams, mint is also very popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is primarily used on lamb dishes, but also for salads such as tabbouleh. Mint pairs nicely with other spices and herbs, most notably cilantro and basil. Mint also contributes a distinctive herbal freshness to Thai and Vietnamese salads and soups. In British, Irish and American cuisine, mint leaves are commonly used for sauce and jelly.