CINNAMON MYRTLE (Backhousia myrtifolia) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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Prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy), well-drained, moist soils and requires well-drained soil in full, or nearly-full sun. Does not like shade.
The foliage when crushed smells and tastes like cinnamon, and can be used as a spice in various dishes, curries, stews, soups, roasts, ribs and sauces. In desserts, they add a warm, earthy flavor to pies, biscuits, sweets, pastries and slices. They may also be used fresh or dried, steeped in hot water, to make a herbal tea.
Flowers are cream/white cymes bunched at branchlet ends from November-January.
Fruit is a small brown capsule ripe March-April.
Provides small bird habitat, especially pardalotes.
Leaves can be crushed up and rubbed on skin as an insect repellant. Timber was used for tool handles, fishing rods and bows.
Common names include Grey Myrtle, Native Myrtle, Scrub Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle, Carrol, Ironwood, Lance Wood, Black Myrtle, Never Break, Native Cinnamon, Bubblegum Tree.
Growth Width — 2m / Growth Height —up to 7mBackhousia myrtifolia can be found in the rainforests of subtropical Australia from Bega on the NSW south coast to Fraser Island off Queensland.