Forestberry, Strawberry Gum – Eucalyptus olida
is a medium-sized tree to 20 m, restricted to sclerophyll woodlands on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, in Eastern Australia. The bark is fibrous in mature trees. Flowers are cream coloured and are followed by small woody capsules. The juvenile leaves are ovate (7 cm long) and dull green. Adult leaves are lanceolate and glossy green (to 17 cm). The leaves are intensely aromatic and are used as a bushfood spice.
E.olida is classified as a threatened species in the wild, but is becoming more common in cultivation due to its essential oil and spice qualities.
The leaf of E.olida is distilled for its crystal-like essential oils used in flavouring and perfumery.
The leaf oil has very high levels of methyl cinnamate (98%). The oil yield is high at 2-6% fresh leaf weight. Methyl cinnamate is commercially used as a natural fruit flavour and perfumery component.
E. olida leaf is also used as a dried spice product in bushfood cooking, especially with fruit; and in herbal teas. It has high anti-oxidant activity. In the Australian native foods industry several trade names are used, including ‘olida’ and ‘forestberry herb’.
Eucalyptus olida was initially wild harvested, but plantations now supply the current industry demand.
Dried and ground Forestberry (Strawberry Gum) in a resealable pouch
Garam Masala means “hot” “spice mixture” in Hindi. We have created our version by adding Cinnamon Myrtle, Forestberry and Wattleseed. It is very versatile and can be added when preparing lamb, fish, chicken, rice dishes
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