Wattle Seed

Wattle Seed  Creamy  Salad Dressing

A fresh and summery dressing for your  tried and true green salad, works best with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds


1/2 ripe avocado

2Tbs natural yoghurt

1Tbs olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

1Tbs The Bitter Bush Wattle Seed Essence

Salt and pepper to taste


Mash avocado in bowl

add all remaining ingredients

season to taste.

Toss with a green salad and serve.


New Cocktails Available from The Ellington Jazz Club

I know a few of you have been asking where you can taste our essences within a cocktail.  We can sneak you a peek at The Ellington Jazz club, The Bitter Bush Essences cocktail list.  Shhh it’s a secret!


New Australian cocktail Essence

New Australian cocktail Essence

Native Brews – from The West 26th Feb.



Luke Dornan was shooting the breeze with his pal Suzanne Poli one evening, lamenting the fact he couldn’t find any use for Australian native plants as ingredients in his drinks.

“It was really strange to me when we have such a local focus on wines and beer and food,” The Ellington Jazz Club’s functions manager said.

“There were some products about but they were so expensive they couldn’t be justified as a cocktail ingredient. Four months later, Suzy called me and said ‘Hi – I’ve done that thing you mentioned!’”

She’d worked out how to extract the flavours of native Australian flora so they could be used as essences in drinks.

Today, Mr Dornan, Ms Poli and chef Sorsha Roberts are partners in The Bitter Bush, which sells native essences, all of which Mr Dornan uses as drinks ingredients.

“As far as I’m aware, no one else does this in Perth,” he said. “My favourite is the native bush mint that I use in what I call a Native Mintito.”

It’s his Australian take on the traditional Cuban highball, the mojito, and it comprises white rum, a little sugar and lime, and a fair bit of The Bitter Bush’s native bush mint.

The way is to make it martini-style according to Mr Dornan. “Add the lime with the mint and sugar to extract flavours out of the lime, then the ice and rum, shake till the flavours are well combined and then strain it into a martini glass. The flavours are very intense, very powerful and it’s delicious.”

He has devised another “Australiana” cocktail using lemon myrtle to make his version of the famous cosmopolitan – the Ausmopolitan.

And customers? It seems they’re both sceptical and eager to try them. “Then they go ‘Wow that’s amazing’, and come back for a second,” he said.





A Little bitt’a Lemon Myrtle Essence


Similar to verbena lemongrass and Kaffir lime, but has a eucalyptus back ground.

Savory Dishes


Lemon Myrtle and Mushroom Risotto

Lemon Myrtle Mushroom Risotto


Wattleseed Banana Bread with Lemon Myrtle Icing

Wattleseed cake with Lemon Myrtle icing



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TBB-WEB lemon myrtle

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