Mint production in Idaho began in the late 1940’s with production ramping up in the 1950’s.  Today Idaho Mint growers raise about 17,000 acres of mint annually (16,000 acres of peppermint and 1,000 acres of spearmint).  Currently Idaho ranks #2 in U.S. peppermint production and #4 in U.S. spearmint production.  Idaho Mint growers produce about 1.8 million pounds of mint oil annually.