Lemon Myrtle – Backhousia citriodora
(Common names lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle, lemon scented ironwood) is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, genus Backhousia. It is endemic to subtropical rainforests of central and south-eastern Queensland, Australia. Other common names are sweet verbena tree, sweet verbena myrtle, lemon scented verbena, and lemon scented backhousia.
It can reach 20m in height, but is often smaller. The leaves are evergreen, opposite, lanceolate, 5–12 cm long and 1.5–2.5 cm broad, glossy green, with an entire margin. The flowers are creamy-white, 5–7 mm diameter, produced in clusters at the ends of the branches from summer through to autumn
B.citriodora has two essential oil chemotypes:
• The citral chemotype is more prevalent and is cultivated in Australia fo flavouring and essential oil. Citral as an isolate in steam distilled lemon myrtle oil is typically 90–98%, and oil yield 1–3% from fresh leaf. It is the highest natural source of citral.
• The citronellal chemotype is uncommon, and can be used as an insect repellent.
Lemon myrtle is one of the well-known bushfood bush tucker flavours and is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of the lemon herbs”. The leaf is often used as dried flakes, or in the form of an encapsulated flavour essence for enhanced shelf-life. It has a range of uses, such as lemon myrtle flakes in shortbread; flavouring in pasta; whole leaf with baked fish; infused in macadamia or vegetable oils; and made into tea, including tea blends. It can also be used as a lemon flavour replacement in milk-based foods, such as cheesecake, lemon flavoured ice-cream and sorbet without the curdling problem associated with fruit acidity.
Lemon myrtle essential oil possesses antimicrobial properties; however the undiluted essential oil is toxic to human cells in vitro.
A study which investigated the effectiveness of different preparations of lemon myrtle against bacteria and fungi concluded that the plant had potential as an antiseptic or as a surface disinfectant, or as an anti-microbial food additive. The oil is a popular ingredient in health care and cleaning products, especially soaps, lotions, skin-whitening preparations and shampoos.
A blend specially formulated to match white meat. With our Lemon Myrtle and Native Mountain Pepper.
The perfect native blend for all fish and seafood. With our Lemon Myrtle, Aniseed Myrtle and Native Allspice.
A refreshing spice mix with our Lemon Myrtle, Native Allspice and Native Mountain Pepper. Use it in all kind of salads, garden salads, potato salads or to season your vegetables.
Baharat is the Arabic word for “spices”. We have created an Australian version by adding Lemon Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle and Mountain Pepper. It is used to season lamb, fish, chicken, beef, and soups and may also be used as a condiment.
Curry Simmer Sauce with Australian Native Spices and Herbs (Cinnamon Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepper)
Curry Simmer Sauce with Australian Native Spices and Herbs (Wild Lime, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepper)
Giftpack combining the best of our range
Australian BBQ-Mix – 55ml jar
Australian Chicken-Blend – 55ml jar
Australian Fish Seasoning – 55ml jar
Australian Salad Mix – 55ml jar
Macadamia Dukkah Yellow – 55ml jar
Lemon Myrtle Ground Leaves – 15g
A perfect opportunity to taste all our Spice Mix integrating Australian Native Spices
Giftpack combining the best of our range
15g Lemon Myrtle Ground Leaves
15g Forestberry Ground Leaves
20g Bush Tomato Whole Fruit
10g Mountain Pepper Whole Berries
20g Wattleseed Roasted Ground Seeds
15g Aniseed Myrtle Ground Leaves
A perfect opportunity to taste different real Australian flavours
Slightly stronger in taste and aroma than other teas, this combination offers a superior quality and flavour thanks to the sweet lemony taste of the Australian Lemon Myrtle. This blend generates incredible health benefits which are the anti-viral, calmative, sedative and corrective benefits of the Lemon Myrtle combined with the powerful antioxidants of the Ceylon black tea
A herbal jewel combining the health benefits of the Australian Lemon Myrtle and of the un-oxidised Green Rooibos. Caffeine free, it can be served hot or iced to everybody’s palate. Helps to prevent common cold, influenza, bronchitis, indigestion and other irritable GIT disorders, disease, promote digestion, and ease inflammation.
A refreshing blend combining the extraordinary health benefits of the Australian Lemon Myrtle to those of the green tea. It prevents common cold, influenza, bronchitis, indigestion and other irritable GIT and improves cardiovascular health, reduces the risk of cancer and helps with weight loss.
A subtle mix of native herbs to create a wonderful refreshing dressing. Used mainly on salads. Try it in your potato salad, it’ll surprise you!