Strawberry Gum Recipes Galore!

A fresh, native dried spice perfect for bushfood cooking, herbal teas and desserts!

The strawberry gum comes from the eucalyptus olida which can be found in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, and further cultivated through Southern NSW. The flowers are cream coloured and have woody capsules, and the glossy green leaves are beautifully aromatic.

Strawberry gum is used to enhance flavours of cooked fruit dishes, desserts or spiced jams to bring out that rich berry flavours. We've put together some deliciously native recipes that will level up your baking skills!

Strawberry & Cherry Macadamia Nut Cake


  • 185gm SR flour
  • 185gm Macadamia Nuts (ground)
  • 185gm unsalted butter
  • 185gm caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Strawberry Gum
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk

Line the bottom of a cake tin with greaseproof paper. Grease sides and paper.

Combine all ingredients (mixture is very firm). Using a spoon dipped in water spread half the mixture into tin. Top with 1 punnet of sliced strawberries and a 425gm can cherries (drained). Cover with the half of the mixture. Bake for one hour until skewer comes out clean.

Serve with whipped cream (add a teaspoon of strawberry gum to to mix to further enhance the strawberry flavour)!!


Wattleseed French Toast served with Jam and Strawberry Gum Cream

Set up your breadmaker as for French bake (6 hours) and add a teaspoon of Ground Wattleseed. Lovely crunchy crust with the warm nutty taste of wattleseed.

For the cream, place a jar of cream in your blender and whip with a teaspoon of Strawberry Gum and a teaspoon of Icing Sugar


Strawberry & Spiced Apple Tart


  • Puff Pastry 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • raw caster sugar
  • strawberry gum
  • ground Macadamia Nuts

Prepare the filling: Place the diced apples into a bowl sprinkle over with 2 desert spoons of caster sugar and a heaped teaspoon of strawberry gum. Toss well to combine and let it sit for a few minutes.

Place a sheet of pastry into the the base of a tart tin. Sprinkle the base with a little ground macadamia nuts – 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 at 170C for approx 30 to 40 minutes, until golden and the apples are cooked through Serve hot or cold with whipped cream

Strawberry Gum Cheesecake with a Wattleseed Crust


  • 10 or 12 plain chocolate biscuits, crushed to make 1 cup fine crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Wattleseed
  • 85g butter, melted
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 250mL light sour cream
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon Strawberry Gum
  • 3 teaspoons gelatine dissolved in ¼ cup hot water

Combine biscuit crumbs, wattleseed and melted butter and press into base of a lined 22cm springform pan. Place in freezer to set.

Beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, fruit juice, Strawberry Gum and gelatine mix in a food processor until smooth.

Pour mixture over base and refrigerate one hour, or until set. To serve – top with fresh strawberries.


Fresh Strawberry Icecream Topping

Puree 2 punnets of fresh ripe strawberries with a half teaspoon of strawberry gum.


Strawberry Gum & Orange Cocktails

Place 6 whole Strawberry Gum leaves in a bowl with half cup of boiling water and leave for 8 hours to allow the leaves to release their flavour.

Heat 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and heat until sugar has dissolved. Cool, then refrigerate.

To make cocktails, mix 1/4 cup Strawberry Gum Syrup with 1/2 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup vodka, 2 Tbspns Grenadine. Add a chilled bottle of prosecco or soda water. Serve over ice