Strawberry Gum is a very rare tree originally from a small region of New South Wales. The leaves have an essential oil called Methyl cinnamate, which acts as a flavour enhancer to sweet or savoury dishes.
It will enhance the flavour of berries, tomato based sauces, dairy or coconut milk dishes and has a great affinity with chocolate. It makes wonderful truffles, as well as aromatic sauces for poultry, pork, lamb or beef.
Combine with chilli in seafood recipes, or sprinkle over sweet potato before roasting. It can even be used as a cure for crocodile.
Pair with vanilla bean for a lovely compote of poached fruit.
Add to a cheesecake base, fruit crumble topping, muesli energy bar, herbal tea infusion.
Iced Strawberry Gum tea is a great base for a fruity cocktail (recipe in our December newsletter).