Cinnamon Myrtle - sweet warming spice
Cinnamon myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia) is an evergreen small tree from the rainforests along the Eastern Coast of Australia from Bega in the South, North to Fraser Island in Qld. A most attractive plant it has dense shiny foliage to ground level and a profusion of clusters of small creamy-white flowers through spring and summer. It contains the substance cinnamonum which imparts a subtle, sweet, warm, cinnamon-like flavour. Add to curries, stews and rice dishes (wonderful in steamed rice for a subtle unique flavour). Can also be used in biscuits, sweets and slices - anywhere cinnamon is used, cinnamon myrtle can be substituted to give that Australian touch. Cinnamon Myrtle makes a calming medicinal tea useful for Dyspepsia, heartburn, colic and the digestive system. Cinnamon Myrtle is available dried as spice, or ground to your specifications.