The lemongrass plant is a culinary herb native of West India, and is widely used in Asian, Caribbean and Mexican cuisine. Known for its light, lemony flavor, it adds the same fruity citrus taste as an actual lemon, without any bitter consequences. Tastes great in teas or makes a good seasoning for stir frys and fish! Lemon Grass can seem intimidating, as it is a little tricky to dissect for preparation. For some help, see our blog on Preparing Lemongrass!
A valuable medicinaladdition to your garden, lemongrass plants grow easily and contains anti-fungal and antispasmodic properties that make it a great cure for muscle spasms, cramps, arthritis, and gas. Chocked full of beta-carotene, a potent natural antioxidant, Lemongrass boosts the immune system, improves blood circulation and reduces blood pressure, and may help prevent some types of cancer, including colon cancer.
This lemony scented aromatic herb has thicker leaves than its East Indian cousin and is fantastic for keeping mosquitoes and other biting insects away, as its essential oil is Citronella. Grow plenty around your pool, patio or favorite outdoor area to stay bug free during the summer! Lemon Grass plants grow well in the ground or indoors in a pot or container.
Characteristics: Lemongrass is a delightfully light, lemon flavored herb that is essential to Asian cuisine. Perennial in zones 9-11, this heat-loving tropical grass may be an annual in most areas, but it's well worth growing!
Light: Prefers full to partial sun
Water: Like most herbs, it doesn't need excessive watering. Water adequately when needed.
Soil: Not terribly picky about its soil as long as it drains well. Grows really well in a container!
Use: Primarily known as a culinary herb, Lemongrass also repels mosquitoes and biting insects. A versatile medicinal herb, Lemongrass can help detoxify the liver, boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and relieve stress.
Extras: Lemongrass tea is a refreshing drink, whether served hot or cold. Try some today and benefit from the stress relieving, skin improving oils and antioxidants found within this terrific herb plant!
Don't be intimidated by the lemon grass plant!
Learn how to prepare it and you'll start adding it to all of your favorite dishes! Justread our blog for step by step directions on preparing this flavorful herb.
Our 'test kitchen' has prepared a delicious stir fry using a number of our fresh culinary herbs, and Lemongrass provides this dish with the fresh, healthy and zesty flavor that makes it such a popular culinary herb.