Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is a stalky plant with a lemony scent that grows in many tropical climates, most notably in Southeast-Asia. A common ingredient in Thai cooking, lemongrass provides a zesty lemon flavor and aroma to many Thai dishes. Lemon juice (or lime) may be substituted for lemongrass in a pinch, but citrus fruits will not be able to fully replicate its particular qualities. The essential oil of Lemongrass is also used in soaps and cosmetics. It has an astringent and toning effect and leaves skin 'squeaky' clean with similar use as lemons. Lemongrass is also available in certain teas.

Information

Translations: Citronzāli, Λεμονόχορτο, Citrinžolių, الليمون, Лемонграсс, レモングラス, Sereh, Tanglad, Limonske trave, Сорго лимонное, Сорго лимонне, 香茅, Citrongræs, Sitruunaruoho, Лимонена трева

Physical Description

Lemongrass is a grass resembling a reed.

Colors: greenish yellow, yellow

Tasting Notes

Flavors: lemon, grass, bitter, sharp
Mouthfeel: Dry
Food complements: Meats, Tofu, Vegetables
Wine complements: White wine, Plum wines
Beverage complements: Tea
Substitutes: Lemon, Herbs

Selecting and Buying

Choosing: Lemongrass is not easily found as the grass alone. It is included in recipes at restaurants and in essential oils at health food stores. As with any grass, it is better the fresher it is. Look for grass with no wilting or spoiled spots. Oganic grasses have fewer pesticides. Essential oils can also be chosen as organic.
Buying: May be found in Asian markets. Oils and teas can be found in health food stores or online. Compare prices versus the organic standard of the product. Differing volumes will effect the price. Buy only what you need for more freshness.

Preparation and Use

Lemongrass is not easily found as the grass alone. It is included in recipes at restaurants and in essential oils at health food stores. As with any grass, it is better the fresher it is. Look for grass with no wilting or spoiled spots. Oganic grasses have fewer pesticides. Essential oils can also be chosen as organic.

Cleaning: Hand clean, looking for bugs or dirt. Wash briefly under cold water.

Conserving and Storing

Keep out of sunlight in a cool environment.

Social/Political

Of Asian origin.

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