Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora (Myrtaceae Family)

A beautiful Australian shrub naturally occurring in the wetter coastal areas of northern NSW and southern Queensland. It grows up to 3 meters high, with graceful hanging branches of soft green leaves. The clusters of cream feathery flowers occur in Autumn, creating a spectacular fragrant display. A great complement to any home garden in the wetter areas of Australia, it thrives in a rich well drained position.

Most cultivation of this herb occurs near Lismore in NSW, although it is rapidly expanding into all of the temperate growing areas of Australia. Used fresh, the Lemon Myrtle leaf is a most versatile and refreshing herb. For storage, the leaves are cool dried (to prevent loss of essential oils) and then ground and stored in a cool, dry manner for later use.

Lemon Myrtle is without a doubt the most popular of Australia's native herbs, with it's fresh fragrance of creamy lemon and lime. It complements so many culinary delights, from fish and chicken to ice cream or sorbet.

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