• A half-hardy evergreen shrub, Myrtus communis, growing to 3 m with small shiny leathery leaves which have a spicy orange fragrance used for stuffings and with pork or lamb. The small white flowers excluding the green calyx may be used in fruit salads and the dried black berries have a mild juniper flavour and may be used as juniper berries. Grows in Mediterranean climates and is common in Corsican and Sardinian cooking. An oil is extracted from the ripe berries.