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Wax Flower

Wax Flower

Provenance and the Plant  Geraldton Wax Flower is from the Geraldton Wax species Chamelaucium Uncinatum,  and is endemic to Western Australia and is thought to only occur naturally on the coastal Quindalup dunes between Perth and Geraldton. The native shrub produces a proliferation of waxy white and pink flowers from late winter to spring and is prized for its culinary uses and as a cut flower. Our Geraldton Wax comes from Western Australia. Culinary use This lovely powder has a delicate zesty, citrus tang,  a flavour similar to a more gentle lemongrass, lemon myrtle or kaffir lime with a slight hint of pine....

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Australian Blood Lime

Australian Blood Lime

Provenance and the Plant Australian Blood limes grow on a small leafed thorny tree with a slightly weeping habit that if left unpruned may reach 2.5 metres. However they may be grown in row crops forming dense but manageable large hedges, making harvesting and maintenance much easier. The Australian Blood Lime (also known as Red Centre Lime) is much smaller than most limes, approximately 4 cm (1.6 in) long by 2 cm (0.79 in) diameter, and somewhat more sweet than the standard - almost a sweet and sour flavour. It is egg-shaped and the flesh inside a blood lime is composed of red-orange vesicles (the membranes that hold...

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Wild Limes

Wild Limes

Provenance and the Plant Just the name of this fabulous little fruit is evocative and excites the cook's imagination! What can it be like? Out of a wonderful field of candidates, the Wild Lime is doubtless among the elite in terms of flavour and visual beauty. It resembles a perfect miniature lime, and its flavour is closely aligned to the West Indian Lime. Unlike other citrus it has a very porous and very thin skin, but the juicy segmented flesh is just like other citrus - but on a much smaller scale. The skin and flesh both, are a yellowish,...

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Anisata

Anisata

Provenance and the Plant Anisata is a coastal rainforest tree of subtropical eastern Australia. These days it's rare to find it in the wild, and the ones left in their natural environment must not be foraged. Fortunately for those of us who love to cook with this aromatic herb, there are significant plantations of Anisata in this region, particularly in the area around Lismore. Brush past an Anisata tree and an intriguing aniseed aroma will envelop you. The leaves are rich in the essential oils anethole and citral: anethole is an aromatic compound that gives the leaves their aniseed flavour, and...

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