Introduction

The Austromyrtus dulcis is also known as the midgen berry or sand berry.
It’s a coastal subtropical/rainforest shrub that can be trimmed to a low hedge.
It’s one of the tastiest bush tucker foods. It has lovely white star-shaped flowers in spring and summer and small, white, speckled berries in late summer and autumn.

Eating

The berries are sweet and tangy and can be eaten fresh off the plant.
They also work well in fruit salads, savoury salads, pies and jams.

Growing

It has thin leaves that are purple when young, then turning dark green.

Grows in full sun or part shade, growing bushiest in full sun.
Likes good draining and moisture, so mulch in summer and feed well.
Trim after harvesting to shape the bush and encourage new growth.
Can suffer from myrtle rust.
Berries should be ready to harvest in late summer and early autumn.
When ripe they will be round, and easily come off the branch.

Recipes

A very simple berry and apple pie http://tasteaustralia.biz/bushfood/native-fruit/midyim-berry/

Credits

https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/get-know-your-native-ingredients-midyim-berries/
https://tuckerbush.com.au/midyim-berries-austromyrtus-dulcis/



Appearance

Type: Shrub
Height: Medium
Leaf Size: Small
Foliage: Evergreen
Permanence: Perennial

Functions

Bush Tucker: Yes
Edible Flower: No
Uses: Fruit, Salad, Jam, Pie, Decorative
Fire Retardant: Unknown
Interest: High

Growing

Climate Zone: Subtropical
Planting Season: Spring
Harvesting Season: Summer, Autumn
Sun/Shade: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil: Well Drained, Moist
Frost Tolerant: A Little
Time to Maturity: 1-2yrs
Watering Preference: Moderate