SOME HANDY TIPS AND INFO USING LEMON MYRTLE
..Add to sauces & dressings for a lemon/lime hit
..Half a teaspoon to your favourite muffin mix, Lemon myrtle and Coconut muffins are a great combo
..Substitute Lemon myrtle wherever you would use lemons
..Thai recipes taste amazing with a touch of Lemon myrtle
..Lemon myrtle is strong in both flavour & aroma, use carefully until you get to know it
..For a taste of the Australian bush try Lemon myrtle, the Queen of the Bush Herbs
...Add some Lemon myrtle to your washing, helps add a great fragrance to those "sporty" sox, just wrap in a little bag or put in the sock itself
Lemon myrtle recipes
Lemon Myrtle has heaps of nutrients.
Lemon myrtle leaves are high in antimicrobial properties which fight diseases, a great source of antioxidants.
Aboriginal people would chew the leaves to crush them to create a pastes, they could then be rubbed onto the skin for healing, lemon myrtle was a great bush medicine plant. The leaves could be smoked over a fire and the vapour inhaled for coughs and colds, they also acted as an amazing insect repellant.
The leaves can be used fresh or dried and oil can be extracted through distillation, they have been used traditionally by the Indigenous people of Australia, the early settlers as a good flavouring and by many as bush medicine and now today they are used extensively by cooks, chefs and many food manufacturers to give their products a unique taste of Australia.
The Health Benefits of Lemon Myrtle
- The most concentrated source of plant citral (>90%). Citral contains powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which are superior to those of terpene hydrocarbons found in tea tree oil.
- A great vegan source of calcium.
- A good source of lutein – a carotenoid vitamin that plays an important role in eye health, improving symptoms in atrophic age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss particularly in aging Western societies. Lutein protects the retina from damage by inhibiting inflammation.
- An outstanding source of antioxidants, such as phytochemicals that provide antioxidant activity in both the hydrophilic and lipophilic environment. These antioxidants provide comprehensive protection from oxidative stress, as well as other health benefits.
- An excellent source of folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and essential minerals including zinc and magnesium. These nutrients are required for the synthesis and self-repair of DNA.
Lemon Myrtle is probably one of the most popular and most used of the Australian native herbs. It's bright, fresh citrus aroma is similar in taste to a sharp lemon, lime, lemon grass flavour, saying that is also unique in it's own right and certainly a useful native herb for your kitchen pantry. Just sprinkle a bit anywhere you want a good lemon flavour, but use with caution as it's intense flavour can dominate so remember little bit goes a long way!