Botanical Name - Cymbopogon citratus
Other Names - Citronella Grass, Barbed Wire Grass, Fever Grass, Oil Grass, Gandhatrana, Hari-chaha, Bhutrin
Origin - Guatemala
Flavor Profile - Bright and fresh with lemon notes.
Culinary Usages - Add to tea and coffee blends. Lemongrass is also used as flavoring for Asian soups and is made into syrups. Use to add citrus flavor to soups, stews, vegetables, fish and poultry.
Cosmetic Usages - Use lemongrass infusions in homemade soaps, lotions and other personal care products.
Lemongrass is an ornamental perennial grass native to Asia, where it is used extensively as a culinary herb. Commonly used in Asian cuisine to add lemony flavor to soups, such as classic Thai version that includes cilantro and chili pepper. In India, lemongrass is often used as an ingredient in a specialty herbal coffee called chukku kaapi. This beverage is also considered a traditional Kashayam, an Ayurvedic tonic that typically includes holy basil (Tulsi), black pepper and ginger.
1 teaspoon of lemongrass powder equals one stalk of fresh lemongrass. Dried whole or cut lemongrass should be soaked for two hours in warm water before used in cooking.
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