Eucalyptus olida, also known as the Strawberry Gum and Forestberry, is a medium-sized tree to 20 m, restricted to the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.
Flowers are cream coloured and are followed by small woody capsules. The glossy green leaves are intensely aromatic.
E.olida is classified as a threatened species in the wild, but is becoming more common in cultivation due to its essential oil and spice qualities.
The leaf of E.olida is distilled for its crystal-like essential oils used in flavouring and perfumery.
E. olida leaf is also used as a dried spice product in bushfood cooking, especially with fruit; and in herbal teas. It has high anti-oxidant activity. It is also known as olida and forestberry herb.
Strawberry gum is used to enhance the flavour of cooked fruit dishes, desserts or spiced jams, bringing out the classic ‘berry’ flavour. Use also in herbal teas and carbonated beverages.