THE CHANNON, Australia 14 April, 2023
The ‘Queen of lemon herbs’ – Lemon Myrtle – will be showcased at Food & Hotel Asia Food & Beverage trade show, taking place in Singapore from 25-28 April 2023.
More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the massive trade event, which brings together 1500 exhibitors from 70 countries. They will be able to sample lemon myrtle from Australian Native Products on stand 3G3-08.
Popular the world over in for its versatility, intense flavour and functional health benefits, Lemon Myrtle is often described as ‘more lemony than lemon’, due to its high concentration of citral, which gives an intense citrus hit coupled with sweetness and cooling on the palate.
Using state-of-the-art propagation and processing techniques on Australia’s north-east coast, Australian Native Products’ superior quality lemon myrtle dried leaf and essential oil is highly sought-after around the world for its uniquely Australian taste and aroma.
Lemon myrtle can be used as a substitute for lemon, lime, or lemongrass flavouring, 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.
Chefs and food manufacturers all over the world are discovering that this distinctive citrus flavour is ideal for a variety of food products and dishes, and its refreshing lemon zing makes a delicious tea either on its own, blended with black, green and white tea, or in herbal infusions.
Although Lemon Myrtle has been valued by the First Australians for thousands of years for its healing properties, scientists have only recently found compelling evidence of its antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Studies have shown that the essential oil and leaf extracts both contain high levels of antioxidant polyphenol compounds, which give the ability to scavenge for free radicals – important to fight a range of diseases including cancer. In fact Lemon Myrtle tea has been found to be almost as high in antioxidants as green tea, but without the caffeine.
Researchers from Australia’s scientific hub the CSIRO and also the University of NSW have found Lemon Myrtle leaf extracts provide additional health benefits by suppressing the enzyme activity involved in the body’s inflammatory response, signifying great potential for it to address a number of chronic conditions in humans, including autoimmune diseases.
Australian Native Products’ General Manager Ross Norris says he is looking forward to seeing the response from Asian buyers when they sample Lemon Myrtle.
“This native Australian lemon herb was recently named by the 2023 Kerry Taste & Nutrition Charts as one of the top 20 fastest-growing flavours in hot and cold beverages,” he says.
“These charts are closely watched by the food manufacturing sector, so we can expect to see Lemon Myrtle appearing in more and more products in the years ahead.”
Norris adds that with its organic and conventional farms in tropical regions of Queensland and New South Wales, ANP “continually strives to live true to our purpose of helping people improve their wellbeing by nourishing through nature”.
Celebrating 25 years in business this year, Australian Native Products is the world’s largest grower, processor and marketer of both organic and conventional lemon myrtle, providing a complete supply chain from farm to table. With a vision “to unlock the hidden benefits of native Australian botanicals”, this dynamic company has been making consistent investments in sustainable farming, manufacturing innovation, product development and market access, all while raising awareness and making stock available to customers globally.
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