Saturday, June 18, 2011

Strawberry Gum Spiced Apple Tart

Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen is hosting this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I'll be taking a closer look at Strawberry Gum.

strawberry gumĀ© by Haalo

Strawberry Gum is an indigenous ingredient - the dried leaf of Eucalyptus olida. You might also find it sold under the names of Olida or Forest Berry Herb. High in anti-oxidants, its culinary use is to enhance the flavour of fruit desserts.

On opening the jar, the aroma really hits you with its intensity - I found initially it had the aroma of passionfruit going into pineapple with a subtle berry back note.

I've decided to use this herb to spice an apple tart as a replacement for the more usual cinnamon. There's a bit of trail and error to decide on just how much strawberry gum is needed - cooking will dampen the flavour so you'll need to almost "overspice" the filling to compensate.


Strawberry Gum Spiced Apple Tart

Pasta frolla (half portion)
apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used 3 apples)
raw caster sugar
strawberry gum
almond meal

Prepare the filling:
Place the diced apples into a bowl sprinkle over with a couple of spoon-fulls of caster sugar and a heaped teaspoon of strawberry gum. Toss well to combine and let it sit for a few minutes.

Roll out the dough on baking paper to form a rough circle a bit bigger than the base of an 18cm tart tin. Sprinkle the base with a little almond meal - this will absorb the juices of the apples as they cook. Loosely top with the filling, making sure it is evenly distributed.

Fold the edges of the pastry up around the filling to form the tart. Brush the pastry with a little milk and a generous sprinkle of raw caster sugar.

Bake in a preheated 170°C until golden and the apples are cooked through - this should take around 30 to 40 minutes. If you find the pastry is cooking too quickly, then cover with foil.


This can be served hot, warm or cold and preferably with a good lashing of softly whipped cream.


  1. Looks excellent, I love tart and my kids will surely love this.

  2. I've never heard of strawberry gum but it sounds wonderful. I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

  3. Same here: I have never heard of it. I suspect it is not available in the US. Your description of its flavor makes me quite curious to try it.

  4. Your tart looks so interesting Haalo! Don't think I can get strawberry gum here, though...
    Thanks for submitting to WHB 288; I just posted the round-up :)

  5. What an interesting sounding spice! I'll have to see if I can get hold of it over here. Wonder what it would taste like in syrup form to make a lemonade type drink?

  6. I've never heard of this but will put it on my list of 'new' things to buy! Cheers!


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