All your Anise Myrtle questions answered!

G'day, fellow foodies! We want to take you on a journey to discover the wonders of Anise Myrtle. This herb is one of the most exciting ingredients to come out of Australia, and we're thrilled to answer some of the most commonly searched questions about it. 

Anise myrtle is an incredible ingredient that's full of flavor and health benefits. It's unique to Australia, and it's a fantastic addition to any foodie's pantry. So, give it a go, and discover the wonders of anise myrtle today!

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What is anise myrtle?

Well, it's a herb that's native to the subtropical rainforests of eastern Australia. The leaves of this evergreen shrub have a delicious, sweet, and licorice-like flavor that's sure to tantalize your taste buds. Anise myrtle has been used by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years, mainly for medicinal purposes. But nowadays, we're using it in our teas, desserts, and savory dishes, and the results are mind-blowing!

Where does anise myrtle come from?

It's grown in the undergrowth of eucalyptus forests, and it's only found in Australia. That's right, folks; we've got a unique ingredient that's exclusive to our beautiful country. Indigenous Australians have used anise myrtle for generations, and now it's our turn to share it with the world.

What is anise myrtle good for?

Oh, boy, where do we start? Well, it turns out anise myrtle is good for a lot of things! This herb is packed with antioxidants, essential oils, and other beneficial compounds that can help boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. Some studies suggest that anise myrtle may also have anti-cancer properties, but more research is needed to confirm this. One thing we know for sure is that anise myrtle is a delicious way to promote overall health and wellness.

Read more about the health benefits of Anise Myrtle.

What does anise myrtle taste like?

This herb has a unique flavor profile that's hard to describe. It's sweet, slightly spicy, and has a distinct licorice flavor that's not overpowering. Think of it as a cross between fennel and star anise, with a hint of eucalyptus. It's a complex flavor that's sure to tantalize your taste buds!

What does anise myrtle smell like?

Well, the leaves of this herb have a strong aroma that's similar to its taste. They're sweet, spicy, and have a distinct eucalyptus scent that's invigorating. When you crush the leaves, you'll release their essential oils, which is where the flavor and aroma come from.

How can you use anise myrtle in cooking?

The possibilities are endless! You can use it to flavour your tea, cakes, and biscuits or add it to your meat, fish, and vegetable dishes.

And let's not forget its versatility in the kitchen, where it pairs well with other Australian native ingredients like lemon myrtle, wattleseed, and pepperberry.

Now, onto the burning question...

What part of anise myrtle can be eaten?

The answer is simple - the leaves! The leaves of the anise myrtle shrub are the most commonly used part of the plant. They can be used fresh or dried and are often added to teas, cakes, biscuits, and savory dishes. You can also use anise myrtle in seasoning blends or essential oils, which are derived from the leaves.

Get all things Anise Myrtle at Warndu!

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At Warndu, we're big fans of anise myrtle, and we've got a range of products to prove it! We've got loose-leaf tea, seasoning blends, and even essential oil.

And the best part? This month, we're offering a 10% discount on all our anise myrtle products. So, what are you waiting for? Stock up on this amazing herb and start experimenting with its delicious flavour!

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Try out our favourite recipes

Warndu Australian Native Food | Anise Myrtle recipes from Warndu

Get a little kick of Anise Myrtle with these great recipe ideas:

And don't forget, you can find more amazing recipes featuring Anise Myrtle in these brilliant books by our very own Rebecca Sullivan: