If you’re looking to add a bit of zing to your cooking, then lemon myrtle is the herb for you! This potent herb can be used in a variety of dishes, from curries to cakes. Here are some tips for using lemon myrtle in your kitchen. Enjoy!
What is lemon myrtle?
Lemon myrtle is a unique flavour profile that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only does this citrusy plant bring some welcome flair to your favourite dishes, but it also has an extensive list of health benefits. Indigenous Australians have used Lemon Myrtle for a range of ailments for thousands of years and recent studies have proven its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Health benefits of lemon myrtle
The health benefits of lemon myrtle can be enjoyed by simply using it in day-to-day cooking. Whether you start your morning with a cup of lemon myrtle tea or add ground leaves into a delicious cooked dinner or dessert; here are our tips for incorporating it into your culinary repertoire.
Lemon myrtle can either be used as a powder, dried leaf flakes or as an essential oil to add a zesty tang and citrusy aroma to your cooking. It can be used to make sauces, salad dressings, rubs, marinades, or any other dish that normally requires lemon zest or lemongrass.
Lemon myrtle presents a strong and sweet citrus flavour with a menthol perfume that is cooling and refreshing. Chef Tom Walton, whose lemon myrtle recipes range from syrup cakes to beef pho, says the flavour of lemon myrtle lends itself to an array of dishes.
How does lemon myrtle flavour a dish?
“Lemon myrtle is lemony and herbaceous and offers a really delicious dimension to a dish. It adds a lemony freshness and fragrance without the acidity of lemons. It’s extremely versatile and suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes.”
Lemon myrtle in baking
Lemon myrtle is citrusy but not as sour or acidic as lemon, making it an ideal replacement for any recipe that calls for lemon zest. Its tanginess means it will cut through the flavour of dense cakes and desserts.
Lemon myrtle as a rub or marinade
Lemon myrtle is a perfect ingredient when paired with chicken. It can be used in the form of a rub, sauce or marinade. Because of the similarity to lemongrass, it works very well in many Asian dishes.
Lemon myrtle as an oil, dressing or sauce
You can use it in salad dressings, or oils. It’s great as a tangy twist on things like fruit salads or ice cream recipes without being too strong-smelling/tasting so that you’re sure not to overpower the other flavours.
Lemon Myrtle is a very popular citrus-fragranced spice that is native to the wetter coastal areas in the northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. It is distinguished by its fresh fragrance of creamy lemon and lime and has a very versatile lemony and tangy flavour. It complements many dishes like fish, chips, chicken, roast vegetables and ice cream or sorbet.$4.99