Sweet Myrtle: Information On Herbs

Sweet myrtle is native to the south-eastern Mediterranean. The plant varies from a shrub to a small tree with oval, shiny, fragrant green leaves and small white flowers with a central ‘powder puff’ of stamens.

Sweet myrtle requires sunshine and good drainage. You can propagate myrtle by seed, although the resulting plants can be quite variable. You should rather propagate by tip cuttings in mid to late summer. You can air dry the buds, flowers, fruits and leaves.

Although of limited culinary use, the leaves, flower buds and fruits of sweet myrtle feature in Mediterranean cooking, especially Corsican and Sardinian recipes, to flavour pork, lamb and small game birds. They are also used in sauces and some liqueurs. The berries have a mild juniper flavour, and both the dried flowers and dried fruits are ground into a spice that has the same flavour. The infused oil is used in teas, salad dressings, fish and chicken dishes, desserts and bakery items.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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  1. Do you grow this? Looks really interesting to cook with

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    1. I don’t – I have never seen it here but I will look out for it at my nursery 🙂

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  2. Well, never knew any of that! I had only every heard of Myrtle as a girl’s name. You have taught me much today, Tandy, thank you!

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    1. My pleasure Kate 🙂

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  3. Thanks for a very information post.

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    1. My pleasure Tammy 🙂

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  4. Thanks for introducing something new to me.

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    1. my pleasure Sophie!

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  5. Hi Tandy, I’ve eaten many a myrtle pie in France and of course enjoyed Génépi – the liqueur that is made from myrtle (in the Alps). delicious!

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    1. Thank you for sharing this Claire, I shall look out for both 🙂

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