Australian Native Products
Australian Native Products is the largest grower and exporter of lemon myrtle in the world and has become a major supplier to the food & beverage, tea, cosmetics, nutraceutical, and health food industries worldwide.
Using proprietary propagation and processing techniques on Australia’s east coast, our superior quality lemon myrtle and anise myrtle dried leaf is popular among Australian and international markets for its uniquely Australian taste.
These versatile native Australian flavours can be added to sweet and savoury recipes, infused in hot or cold herbal teas, blended into a savoury spice rub, sprinkled on top of desserts, or added as a key botanical in distilled spirits. Lemon myrtle is an ideal substitute for lemon, lime, or lemongrass flavouring.
Both lemon myrtle and anise myrtle dried leaf is available in 6mm, 2mm, and 1.6mm to suit a wide variety of applications.
Applications for lemon myrtle
Flavour & Fragrance
Lemon myrtle’s aroma has been described as that of a lemon lolly, perfumed with menthol notes. The main source of the sweet citrus scent of lemon myrtle essential oil are the natural compounds citral, citronellal and linalool. It is citral that also gives lemons, lemongrass and lemon verbena their lemony aromatic quality.
The flavour profile is that of strong lemon with some sweetness and cooling on the palate, with refreshing intense citrus notes that have been described as ‘lemonier than lemon’. Lemon myrtle is commonly used to add a clean and crisp citrus-like flavour & fragrance to a wide range of culinary applications.
Functional health benefits
Citral, an antioxidant that boasts antibacterial properties, makes up more than 90% of lemon myrtle essential oil– the highest known natural source. Lemon myrtle tea infusion has more total polyphenol antioxidants than many other herbal teas and similar antioxidant properties to black tea.
Citral has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects by reducing inflammation biomarkers. The citral present in lemon myrtle may be directly beneficial for metabolic health due to its ability to inhibit and disrupt metabolic processes.
Research has shown that lemon myrtle essential oil, applied topically as an ointment, is effective against a common viral skin condition. Studies have demonstrated that lemon myrtle essential oil and citral may both play a role in food preservation and protecting food from food borne pathogens.
Uses & Applications
Lemon myrtle does not contain caffeine, making it ideal for use in herbal infusions and tea blends. It is commonly used to add a clean and crisp citrus-like flavour to a wide range of cooking applications such as glazes, cakes, biscuits, dressings, mayonnaise, sauces, and ice creams.
The essential oil is commonly used in diffusers, perfumes, and aromatherapy, while the dried leaf is used in alcohol distilling, herbal teas, and culinary seasonings. Lemon myrtle hydrosol (aromatic water produced in the distilling process) has potential applications in personal care products and room sprays, while microfibre (created from the plant’s stems) can be utilised in cosmetic scrubs and body wash.
Interest in lemon myrtle’s natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties is increasing and there is a growing body of scientific evidence backing these beneficial functions. As a result, lemon myrtle is increasingly sought-after as an ingredient in a range of household cleaning products, disinfectants, and hand sanitisers.
About Australian Native Products
Australian Native Products pioneered the commercial farming of Australian native botanicals in 1998 with a small plantation in The Channon, a region that sits on the edge of the state’s best preserved rainforest environments, with rolling hills and picturesque valleys leading towards Byron Bay’s iconic beach.
ANP began by predominantly supplying lemon and anise myrtle within the local area and to a number of interstate customers, before breaking into the international market.
The popularity of lemon and anise myrtle continues to grow, both domestically and internationally, as more businesses and consumers discover their pleasant scents and refreshing tastes, as well as their versatility and endless applications.
Australian Native Products has established itself as a significant provider to the global food and beverage, tea, cosmetics, nutraceutical, and health food industries, thanks to its status as the world’s leading producer and exporter of lemon myrtle.
Using unique and innovative growing, harvesting and production techniques, they are able to produce high quality, fresh, fragrant, and flavoursome lemon and anise myrtle. Our product represents the highest quality possible in the industry due to our unique processing method and investment in quality systems, people and testing.
Australian Native Products prides itself on being clean and green by investing in sustainable farming and manufacturing practices. We recycle most waste products for use on the farm or turn them into saleable bi-products.
ANP have expanded into organic production on their Mareeba, Queensland plantation and are able to supply certified organic or conventional product in all cut sizes. With a focus on science and developing products that leverage lemon myrtle’s functional properties they have an exciting new product pipeline for 2023 and beyond.