Lemon, aniseed, and cinnamon myrtle

Lemon myrtle


Not to be confused with other native lemony flavours, such as lemon aspen, finger limes, or native limes.
Latin name: Backhousia citriodora.
lemon myrtle plant

Eating


  • “More lemon than lemon”. A rich, fruity, lemony flavour from the leaves.
  • Excellent in lemony sweet dishes; can be used with lemon juice to enhance the flavour.
  • Use wherever you might use lemon but want less acid, or where lemon juice might curdle milk products.
  • As a result, is fantastic in sweet milky dishes such as ice-cream, custards, cakes, etc.
  • Fresh or dried whole leaves make a very good tea, particularly iced tea.
  • Use fresh or dried whole leaves when cooking whole fish to add a rich lemony flavour.

Growing


  • Is a tropical rainforest plant and can grow quite large in tropical conditions.
  • Can be frost-tolerant once it gets large enough.
  • Does best in pots which can be moved to the warmest, most sheltered positions during the year.
  • Requires regular watering.


Aniseed myrtle


Also known as Ironbark.
Latin name: Syzygium anisatum.
aniseed_myrtle

Eating


  • Similar to lemon myrtle but with an aniseed flavour to the leaves.
  • Use whole (fresh or dried) at the beginning of cooking to infuse a mild aniseed flavour through your dish.
  • Use ground to sprinkle at the end of cooking to provide an instant aniseed hit.

Growing


  • Is a tropical rainforest plant and can grow quite large in tropical conditions.
  • Can be frost-tolerant once it gets large enough.
  • Does best in pots which can be moved to the warmest, most sheltered positions during the year.
  • Is more cold-tolerant than lemon myrtle - there is a lovely plant in the Australian National Botanical Gardens.
  • Will need protection from frost and cold when young, however.
  • Requires regular watering.


Cinnamon myrtle


Latin name: Backhousia myrtifolia

  • As with lemon myrtle, but with a very distinct cinnamon flavour to the leaves.

Growing


  • Is a tropical rainforest plant and can grow quite large in tropical conditions.
  • Can be frost-tolerant once it gets large enough.
  • Does best in pots which can be moved to the warmest, most sheltered positions during the year.
  • Requires regular watering.