Anise myrtle originates from the subtropical rainforests of New South Wales. The leaf was used by aboriginal peoples as a vitalizing health tonic. Interestingly it has been shown to be an antioxidant and antimicrobial. It may also have a settling effect on the stomach. At Wild Pepper Isle we use it in two of our range of preserves. These include Rose Anise Jelly and a syrup of rosehip, pepperberry and Anise. Now this is gonna sound like I am bragging (I am) but these two products won both first and second prize at the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards. That’s the power of Anise myrtle!