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Midyim Fruit

Introduction of Midyim Fruit

            Scientific name - Austromyrtus dulcis

Endemic to Australia, Midgen Berry, Midyim, or Austromyrtus dulcis is a spreading heath land shrub and the species occurs in New South Wales and Queensland. Lanceolate to elliptical in shape, the leaves of Midgen berry are 1-3 cm long and 0.5 cm wide and features a silky hair beneath which is glossy above. Popular in amenity horticulture, followed by dotted mauve edible berries, the white flowers are 1cm in size and they are well-known traditional bush food consumed by native Australians.

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Description of Midyim Fruit

With a small rambling shrub, it prefers sandy soils to grow well. The leaves of Midyim are 2.5cm long and highly pointed. The flower of this edible fruit is 7-1 0 mm in diameter and have white ovate petals. Although solitary flowers are quite common, in general, they are put up with bunches of 2-5 flowers in the upper axils.

Giving the fruit a mauvish appearance, the berries contain 3-9 pale brown seeds and are white and covered in small blue black spots. The fruit ripens during the autumn and are edible and have a sweet taste.

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Nutritional Value of Midyim Fruit

Amount Per Serving
Calories 136
Fat Calories 2.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat -1g -5%
Cholesterol -1mg -0%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carb 8.6g 3%
Dietary Fiber 13.7g 55%
Sugars -1g
Protein 0.9g 2%
Vitamin A -0% Vitamin C -2%
Calcium 5% Iron 28%
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Uses of Midyim Fruit

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Consumed by indigenous Australians and non-indigenous people, the Midgen berries are a popular traditional bush food that is also famous in amenity horticulture. The fruit taste sweet with a pleasant gingery flavor and they are very sweet-smelling. Seeing that the berries have some harvesting and handling issues, this good flavor berries is not being commercialized.

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Relatively easy to propagate, it takes just about 3-4 weeks for fresh cleaned seed to germinate while take about a week longer for unclean fruits. Propagation from cuttings is also easy. In sandy coastal regions, it forms an excellent shrub with no direct exposure to salt winds. Following are some of the other requirements that are needed for cultivation and it includes:

Medium moisture level

Shelter in case of severe frosts


Needs little maintenance

The plant appears relatively free from pests and diseases.

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