Mountain Pepperberry

Mountain Pepperberry

Tasmannia lanceolata

Tasmanian pepper or Mountain pepper is an attractive bush that grows 2-5 metres high and 1-2 metres wide.  It’s deep red stems and glossy leaves make it a beautiful plant for the garden in cooler climates of Australia.  You will find them growing naturally around southern New South Wales in Victoria and Tasmania.

Dried berries make a wonderful substitute for conventional black pepper.

Producing aromatic leaves and small fleshy berries, both of which can be used in cooking as a flavour enhancer. The berries and leaves can be used fresh or dried in cooking and work beautifully with soups, stews marinades and sauces.

The berries and leaves offer amazing health benefits – high levels of antioxidants as well as being high in Vitamin E, calcium, zinc, folate, magnesium, iron and lutein.

Traditionally, used for its antiseptic properties and it’s flavour, Mountain pepper has a long history of use by Indigenous Australians as food and as medicine.

In the Garden


The plants prefer a protected position sheltered from frosts, winds and hot afternoon sun.  Being dioecious, you will need to plant a male and female beside each other if you want to be able to grow the berries. A wonderful plant to add to your home edible garden.  Check with your native plant specialist to find out if Mountain pepper will be suitable for your garden.




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Strawberry Gum

Strawberry Gum

Strawberry Gum:

Eucalyptus olida, commonly known as the Strawberry Gum or Forrest Berry herb, is a medium-sized tree from the Myrtaceae family that is endemic to the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

This native Australian tree has flowers that are cream coloured and highly aromatic leaves with the most exquisite sweet aroma and fruity flavour and has been used by First Nations culture for health and medicinal purposes for many thousands of years.


Strawberry Gum leaves are a wonderful source of antioxidants and have antifungal and antibacterial properties, which have been shown to play a role in balancing the gut microflora.

The leaves can be used year round fresh, dried or ground into a powder.  We absolutely love the unique flavour profile of Strawberry Gum and it’s ability to enhance both sweet and savoury flavours.  We find use for it in many dishes in our own home, such as cakes, desserts, jams, sauces and of course beverages.  The ETCH Sparkling PLM features Strawberry Gum along with Davidson Plum and Riberry and it adds to the sweet berry aromatics that this ETCH flavour is famous for.

Eucalyptus olida Strawberry Gum




Syzygium luehmanni or commonly,  Riberry, Small-leaved Lilly Pilly, Clove Lilli Pilli.

The Riberry is a hardy medium to large ornamental tree that has origins in the sub-tropical rainforest on the east coast of NSW and Southern Queensland.


For many thousands of years, Aboriginal people in Australia have enjoyed them as a core food and medicinal source.  Being rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals (A,C,E and folate) they help to fight against colds and keep the immune system healthy and strong.


Riberres have been rapidly gaining popularity in the gourmet food scene.  They can be picked and enjoyed straight off the tree and have a refreshing tart and sweet cranberry like flavour, with hints of herbs such as cloves, musk and cinnamon.  The berries are also delicious made into sauces, chutneys and jams and pair well with game meats such as kangaroo.  We think they taste pretty great in a drink too! ETCH Sparkling PLM features Davidson Plum, Riberry & Strawberry Gum as core ingredients.

Our homes edible front garden hedge 

A favourite for the urban gardener as a hedge, shading and screening plant and is fast growing with dense small leaf foliage and attractive cream flowers and of course the edible fruits (which is also popular with the birdlife).  They fruit and flower across the Spring and Summer seasons.  The Riberry Lilly Pilly is a superb tree to add to your native edible garden.


Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle:

Backhousia citriodora is a beautiful flowering plant endemic to subtropical rainforests of central and South-Eastern Queensland, Australia.


Lemon Myrtle is a clear winner in popularity when it comes to versatility of use.  The intensely citrus flavoured leaves can be used in sweet or savoury dishes and has been used by First Nations culture for cuisine, health and medicinal purposes for many thousands of years.


Similar to a Bay leaf, you can add the leaves to stews and soups, dressings and meat dishes. The leaves are also a wonderful flavour enhancer for sweet dishes such as in cakes, muffins, tea’s, custards and ice cream!  It can be rather powerful so use sparingly.


The leaves themselves contain 90-98% citral content, which is the most natural source of citral oil (lemon taste) and boasts a powerhouse of nutritional benefits in the form of antioxidants, calcium, lutein, vitamin E and magnesium.


The plant itself is a can grow up to 3 metres tall and thrives in a semi shaded position.  It produces delightful creamy white flowers,  glossy green leaves and can be used as an ornamental plant, a screening or hedge plant.  (Speak to your native garden specialist for more specific planting information for your soil and climate.)


To use, simply pick the leaves from the plant as required.  If you can’t get hold of a Lemon Myrtle plant for yourself, you can purchase the leaves dried and ground into a powder or as an extract to use in cooking.  It is also a popular choice as an essential oil for it’s antibacterial, antifungal and calming properties.

ZST – Lemon Myrtle Damper

Ever heard of Lemonade scones?  ETCH Co founder Andy loves to spend time cooking and creating in the kitchen and came up with her take on Lemonade Scones.  We hope you enjoy.

500g Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt (or even better, use a pinch of dried Saltbush)
2 Tbsp of dried Lemon Myrtle powder
275ml ETCH Sparkling ZST
2 Tbsp oil (we use Macadamia or Olive Oil)


Pre heat the oven to 220c
In a jug combine the ETCH Sparkling ZST and the oil
In a seperate bowl sift in the flour then add the salt and Lemon Myrtle powder.

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the bowl combining to form a dough (add a little more water if the dough is too dry or more flour if the dough is too wet).

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured bench and knead together to form a smooth dough.

Shape into a loaf and place on a tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom.

Allow to cool slightly (if you can wait) and enjoy warm.
This damper is delicious served with soup or savoury dishes or can be served with butter and Jam or honey as a sweeter option.



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