Backhousia citriodora

ton2(Holland)October 13, 2013


Perhaps I have a cheeky question, but I�ll try very carefully.

Here in the Netherlands we see every day Masterchef Australian, and today here was told that the Backhousia citriodora is a culinary plant

That you must to have in every kitchen. My wife can cook very well and now we are searching for a plant or some seeds.

Can and will you help me, please?

Perhaps you know addresses, seedsupplieers or private people who can help me to get some material.

Thank you very, very much

Kind regards

Ton Wijnen

The Netherlands

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I am not sure you'll be able to keep a Lemon Myrtle tree, much less find one in your part of the world. It's a sub-tropical plant, you see - and I don't think Holland qualifies as 'sub-tropical'.

Nor will a mature plant fit well into your kitchen - it usually grows to about 8 metres when cultivated, but can get up to 15 metres. Just a teensy bit too large for your average window-sill.

You could contact these people for dried supplies. I have had no dealings with them:

Here is a link that might be useful: bushfoodshop

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 7:12PM
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thank you for your reaction. I know this plant grows at a big tree/shrub. But I will grow them in a pot in a warm greenhouse. I think that is possible
I am searching a little plant

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 1:50PM
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andy_sa(South Australia)

Hi Ton

You can keep a lemon myrtle quite happily in a pot; I've had one in a 30cm pot for a few years, and cut back/harvest twice a year, which gives me plenty for teas and cooking, and also to give away. It seems quite happy. If you can grow potted citrus (protected from frost in winter), you should be able to grow a lemon myrtle. Here we go down to about 4oC in winter, and the one we have in the garden survives quite well, too.

If you can't get hold of one, lemon grass and or lemon verbena are just as good. Let us know how you go.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 6:00AM
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thank you.I'll try when I have some material

    Bookmark   October 31, 2013 at 2:39PM
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