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LEMON GRASS Helps You Invigorate Your Senses

umaima's picture

Other names – Citronella grass, Fever grass, Hare Chai ki Patti, Silky heads.

Ever wonder what draws you towards the refreshing and aromatic Thai curry. Lemon grass, if you ask me.
Known for its rejuvenating properties, Lemon grass is a root vegetable or more appropriately an herb whose leaves as well as the roots are used to flavor dishes. The herb has a sweet citrus flavor which is liked by many. It has been around for a few thousand years and widely used in many Asian cuisines. Recent popularity of Thai cuisine has also brought fame to lemon grass which is one of the most important ingredients used in the cuisine.

Culinary Uses
Lemon grass is easily available fresh and in dried and powdered forms. The fresh stalks and stems are bruised and added to soups, stocks and curries while its grass is used to flavor tea and many cooling drinks. Lemon grass best leaves out its flavor and essential oils in liquids thus dishes using the herb are high on liquid content. Tea made from lemon grass is very popular in India and other Asian countries. Sejeh is powdered form of lemon grass used in curry pastes.

Medicinal Uses
Besides being high on flavor lemon grass has many medicinal uses, the most important being its anti cancer properties. As per a recent research, Citral a molecule in lemon grass helps kill cancer cells. The herb also helps combat fever and overcome depression, while it is also a good digestive when made into a drink and consumed after meals. Lemon grass oil is used widely as a relaxant during aroma therapy sessions.
Many cream and lotions have lemon grass as an ingredient due to its anti acne properties.

Buying and Storing
Fresh lemon grass can be segregated into the grass and stems and cling wrapped. Lemon grass leaves are sharp and can be cut well only with a pair of scissors. The stems should be kept whole, never slice or bruise them before storing as the flavors leach out. It stays well refrigerated for about a week and frozen for months.

Want to feel the goodness of Lemon grass start my making this recipe

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shantihhh's picture
Love Lemongrass and grow it year round in the garden. I use it in soups like the Thai, Tom Yum Goong, and also in most curry pastes. Lemongrass is easy to grow-just place fresh lemongrass stalks in a glass of water and in just a few days roots will begin to show. Then plant in loose potting soil and when established plant out in your garden. If it gets cold in your area just pot up some and over winter in a sunny window, plant out again after danger of frost is past. There are two types of lemongrass: the East Indian type which can be grown from seeds, and the West Indian type which cannot be grown from seeds. The latter must be purchased in plant form. Both are fairly easy to grow, but they are not winter hardy in zones lower than 10. However, they both can be grown as summer annuals or bought intos for the winter. Both types needs full sun, and rich, well-drained soil, and warm conditions Thai: takrai Lao: bai mak nao Indian: bhustrina, sera Indonesian: sere, sereh Malay: serai Sinhalese: sera French: Citronnelle German: Zitronengras Italian: erba di limone Spanish: hierba de limon
Ecofoods's picture
Lemon Grass also cures bacterial infections,one of my student worked on this and got some positive initial results!!!