Our favourite Australian Native (Indigenous) ingredient of them all - Strawberry Gum (Eucalyptus olida) is picked in the Pink Gully, NSW and ground fresh for you.
Strawberry gum is an antibiotic and powerful anti-microbial leaf with amazing protecting powers of your micro flora that lives in your gut. The perfect everyday probiotic for your daily good gut health.
This is not just perfect in tea, but an incredible addition to all of your deserts. The leaves have a strawberry and cream aroma and show up beautifully in an array of cooking styles.
Strawberry gum is a great flavour enhancer and, where it doesn’t add its own distinctive flavour, it ties other flavours together and makes them more distinct. Perfect for curries, mustard, vinaigrettes, preserves and chutneys, fruit cakes or anywhere rich fruit flavours are being combined.
A medium-size tree which grows in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, this beauty has many health benefits, including antioxidant, anti fungal and antibiotic properties. It has also been shown to help balance microflora of the gut.
◎ Common Name: Strawberry Gum
◎ Scientific or Latin Name: Eucalyptus olida
◎ Comparison: Strawberries and cream
◎ Seasonality: All year dried
◎ Region: Rainforest
◎ Taste Profile: Sweet and slightly acidic like balsamic vinegar, with fruity undertones that have shades of cinnamon, strawberry and passionfruit.
◎ Types: We offer Strawberry Gum as a whole dried leaf, ground fresh to order. It's also found in our herbal teas and most recently features as a scent in some exciting new Home & Body products.
- This bush tucker gem has a host of health benefits, which include antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties.
- It has been shown to help balance micro flora of the gut.
- Strawberry gum is a great source of antioxidants, which provide comprehensive protection from oxidative stress and may prevent or delay cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, as well as autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases.
- Strawberry gum contains anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. It has been shown to help balance microflora of the gut.
- Strawberry gum was traditionally used by moistening the leaves and laying them out over a fire to release their fragrant oils, which would help to calm stomach problems.
Traditional Aboriginal Food and Uses
The indigenous Australians who passed through the Northern Tablelands would often chew on the leaves of the Strawberry Gum for their sweet berry flavour. They would also moisten the leaves and lay them over a fire to release their fragrant oils to calm stomach problems.
Western & Modern
A wonderful flavour enhancer for fruit salads and desserts such as crème brulée, Pavlova, macrons, panacotta, and ice cream. A match made in heaven with chocolate or vanilla. Strawberry Gum can also be used in to produce a delectable tea.
Strawberry gum can also be used as a refreshing tea infusion, and lifts the profile of clear spirits such as gin, vodka and white rum. It is a great natural flavour for soda, tonic water, mineral water and lemonade.
Showcasing a host of health benefits, Strawberry Gum provides the following:
- Contains anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties.
- Helps to balance gut micro-flora, which helps to calm the stomach and improve general intestinal health.
- Thought to be a good source of antioxidants which help to neutralise carcinogens, may soothe inflammation, and slow the ageing process.
- Provides comprehensive protection from oxidative stress.
- May prevent or delay cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, as well as autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases.
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Strawberry Gum is featured in these recipes in Warndu Mai:
Warndu Products featuring Strawberry Gum
Strawberry Gum is a Warndu favourite! You can find it in our assortment of gift packs, or try it as a delicious tea infusion with Strawberry Gum & Elderflower Loose Leaf Tea or our blended Wild Chai Latte.
Note: The term 'Bush Tucker' and 'Bush Food' are not Warndu's preferred terms for Australian Native Ingredients or Australian Botanicals.
Images: © Luisa Brimble