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BORONIA, BROWN
Rutaceae
aka Scented Boronia
(Boronia megastigma)
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Found growing commercially in Australia and in the wild in the Western regions of that country. A shrubby perennial to 2 feet in full sun, taller in shady locations. Leaves compound, pinnate with 3 to 5 linear leaflets (3/4-inch long), somewhat downy; highly fragrant flowers 1/2 inch in diameter, solitary, axilary, with brown-purple corolla outsdie and yellow inside. The essential oil (commercially known as 'Boronia Absolut') has the combined fragrance of cinnamon and tobacco.

PROPAGATION: By seed soaked in hot water for 4 days.
NEEDS: Moist, acid soil and protection from wind (greenhouse plant in the north); cut back after blooming.

USES

CULINARY:
Used commercially to mimic a black currant flavor and to enhance fruit flavors in beverages, ice cream, candy, and baked goods.

OTHER:
The Absolut is used in perfumes.





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