Native Oregano: Prostanthera rotundifolia

Whether you call it Native Mint or Native Oregano, you’ll call it delicious in butter!

Native Australian Bush Tucker Bites presents Prostanthera rotundifolia.

This pretty, purple flowering, short-lived shrub is packed with volatile oils that are antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. Indigenous Australians used it to treat headaches and colds.

The pungent smell is released at the slightest brush of the foliage making it an excellent choice for pathways or sensory gardens.

Like traditional oregano, it partners well with eggplant dishes and red meats. The flavour is unique with earthier oregano flavours partnered with menthol and citrus notes. Fresh leaves chopped and mixed into butter make a delicious addition to warm crusty bread or vegetables.

The gorgeous purple flowers are also edible!

Have you noticed how many edible Australian plants have menthol and eucalyptus in their flavour profile? The taste of home…

This post was originally published on Medium as a part of the “Australian Bush Tucker Bites” series which is also available as an eBook introducing 52 bush food plants from around Australia.

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