Lemongrass

Cymbopogon Citratus

Country of Origin

Uganda

Description

Lemongrass is an aromatic grass from Southeast Asia, which (with its lemon oil) has a sweet and fresh lemon flavor. It grows in small palm-like clusters at about ½ meters in height. Dried and sliced lemongrass consists of the brighter part of the plant where the concentration of flavor is greatest.

Taste Characteristics

Lemongrass has a refreshing lemon-lime flavor with a touch of lime and ginger.

Usage

Lemongrass is often used with garlic, ginger, chili, and coriander to enhance the taste of
spicy dishes. Lemongrass is mostly used in dishes with fish, chicken and noodles, soups and salads.
Lemongrass is a permanent fixture in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. It is used in a lot of people
dishes, especially in soups like Tum Yam and Tom Kha Gai.

History

Lemongrass comes from Southeast Asia, where it is used instead of lemon, which is not particularly good in the tropical climate. In addition to its place in the kitchen, lemongrass has been used for a variety of others things. The characteristic perfumed fragrance oil is used to keep mosquitoes away. It is also used in cosmetics, for both its scent and its skin-cleaning properties.

Nutrition

Lemongrass contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, but not in significant amounts.