Aniseed Myrtle

Scientific Name: 
Backhousia anisata
Family Name: 
Myrtaceae
Place of Origin: 
Australia
Plant Description: 
Large and bushy tree
Plant Height: 
10-25m
Plant Width: 
5-10m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Beverage
Oil
Harvest Period: 
All year. Flowers summer
Of Interest: 
Fresh, dried, tea. If you love aniseed you'll love the leaves and seeds. Can be used in marinades, salad dressings. Or steep some leaves in hot water for a liqorice-flavoured tea. Can replace ingredient star anise in recipes. The essential oil is also used for its antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-infectious and expectorant properties due to the chemical components of anethole and methyl chavicol
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Shrub
Small Tree
Medium Tree
Large Tree
Climate: 
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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