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One of Australia’s most potent indigenous superfoods

Punchier than cracked pepper and with four times the antioxidants of blueberries, this underrated native is truly a stand-out Aussie superfood.

Where

Endemic to woodlands, rainforests and mountain gullies in the alpine regions of Tasmania and south-east Australia, this species thrives in cool, wet habitats.

Care

The Tasmanian Pepperberry prefers moist, well-drained soils and can tolerate frost. This plant is happy in both sun and shade.

It is a medium to large-sized shrub that can grow between 2–5 m in height. The plant’s berries grow in Autumn.

Anything else I should know?

Both the leaves and berries of the Tasmanian Pepperberry are highly nutritious and extremely versatile. When dried they’re perfect for seasoning, with the leaves having a similar profile to curry leaves and the berries packing a hotter, spicier punch to conventional pepper.

Not only appreciated for its flavouring properties, Tasmanian Pepperberry has been used as a traditional medicine for generations thanks to its high antioxidant properties – four times that of blueberries. The berries are documented to have been used to treat anything from stomach aches to skin disorders and scurvy.

And if this wasn’t good enough, the Tasmanian Pepperberry is also known to have strong antibacterial properties, and has been found to inhibit the growth of food poisoning bacteria and prevent food spoilage.

Truly one of Australia’s most potent superfoods!

Also known as

Tasmanian Pepperberry, Mountain Pepper, Tasmanian native pepper (Tasmannia lanceolate)

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