LEMON MYRTLE (Lemon Ironwood) Backhousia citriodora

Backhousia Citriodora

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Description: A shrub or small tree from 4 to 8m, in the garden. In open situations the foliage is very dense right to the ground. Leaves are light green, paler & hairy beneath with slightly toothed margins, flowers are profuse, appearing in late Spring. It is quite hardy in most situations & reasonably frost tolerant but would benefit from a bit of protection during the establishment phase. A good screen plant & excellent windbreak. Plants for culinary use are usually cutting grown from clonal selections with a known citral oil content of around 95%. When crushed, leaves should have a distinctively pleasant lemon- lime scent.

Uses: Lemon Myrtle has become the most popular native food flavour. Leaves can be used either fresh or dried and the oil, when distilled, is used by the pharmaceutical, cosmetic & food industries. Tests have shown it has high antifungal & antibacterial properties & contains 4 to 7 times the antioxidants of Blueberries.

 

 Queensland Bushfood Association

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