Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass

Cymbopogon citratus

A half hardy perennial, evergreen that grows in warm climates. It has lemon scented linear, grey green leaves up to 90cm in length with robust cream beige cane like stems.

Coriander be used in teas, soups, curries and with poultry, fish, beef, and seafood.

Facts

Indigenous toSouth East Asiawhere it is used extensively to produce an essential oil . There are records to show the Persians were using it as  a tea in the first Century BC.  It is also a snake repellent.  Other names and ways of spelling:  Fever Grass, Bhustrina and Takrai.  Related products: Citronella Grass, Indian Geranium

Nutrition and health benefits

A tea made from fresh leaves is  very refreshing as well as being a stomach and gut relaxant. It is also a good anti depressant and helps lift the spirits if one is in a bad mood. The essential oil is antiseptic,antibacterial, anti fungal and deodorizing.

How to use Lemon grass

Rinse, slice open & use the soft inner layers as needed.  If adding it to a curry, add it during the early stages, either thinly sliced or whole, depending if you want to remove it before serving.

Helpful hints

If you plant lemon grass in your garden it is said to help keep mosquitoes away.

Storage Instructions

Please keep refrigerated. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Rinse before use.

Recipes

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Thai Curry Ingredients

Lobster Thai red curry with pad Thai

For the Thai red curry paste 5 dried, hot red chillies, soaked in 75ml warm water 2 large shallots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 cm piece fresh root ginger, chopped 1 stem lemongrass, finely chopped 4 pieces coriander root, roughly chopped 2 kaffir lime leaves, roughly chopped ¼ tsp shrimp paste ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander …

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