Midyim

Austromyrtus dulcis

Austromyrtus dulcis

 
 

common name

Midyim, Midgen berry, silky myrtle.

traditional use

It was a favourite of Aborigines in Moreton Bay (Low, 35).

part used

Berries.

seasonality

Midyim is a small 1-2m shrub with slender opposite leaves, easily identified by its characteristic berries. The leaves are 1-3 cm long, and young foliage is coppery- coloured. Small white flowers appear early Summer and are followed late Summer to early Autumn by soft, purple speckled white berries, about 1 cm wide, containing small seeds (Low, 35).

flavour profile

Midyim is one of Australia’s tastiest wild fruits, with a soft, sweet, slightly aromatic pulp that melts in the mouth (Low, 35)

uses

Eat berries fresh or use in pies and preserves.