Anise Myrtle grows in the sub-tropical rainforest regions of eastern Australia and is related to the lemon myrtle tree. Indigenous Australians traditionally use Anise Myrtle to flavour food and to make a revitalising beverage. With a distinct aniseed-licorice flavour, this dried Anise Myrtle leaf from Northern NSW has an essential oil profile comparable to true aniseed. Use it as a Bushfood substitute in any dish that you would normally flavour with Aniseed.
How to Use:
Anise Myrtle can be used wherever you use Star Anise, Fennel or aniseed liqueur to give a great aniseed-licorice flavour to your recipes and hot drinks. Steep 1-2 teaspoons of Anise Myrtle in boiled water for several minutes to create a refreshing herbal tea, add it to your favourite Chai blend in place of Star Anise, or pop a pinch into your favourite hot chocolate recipe.
Anise Myrtle is a wonderful Bushfood addition to any spice blend. It can be used in curries and hotpots, or combined with seeds for dipping with crusty bread and oil. Add a little to a stir fry, delicious with chilli and seafood, or a perfect accompaniment for pork. Toss vegetables in Anise Myrtle and coconut or olive oil before roasting, or sprinkle over any salad for a tasty aniseed lift.
Great in dips, salad dressings and hot sauces. Replace aniseed liqueurs in savoury or sweet recipes with Anise Myrtle for a truly delightful alcohol-free licorice flavour. Anise Myrtle adds a unique flavour to fresh baked bread, muffins and cookies, and is truly wonderful in rich fruit cakes and steamed winter puddings.
Part of the proceeds of this Bush Tucker range product are proudly donated to the Watarrka Foundation: supporting the education of aboriginal children in outback central Australia.
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