General: Large, dense, upright clumps of wide-bladed grass grown for its aromatic lemon scent and flavor. Used in teas and Asian cooking. Lemon grass is a versatile plant and will grow in most well-drained soils, provided ample moisture and bright sunlight.
Culinary Uses: The leaves of lemon grass can be dried for later use in making herbal teas. The stems of are generally chopped or eaten raw or used in recipes for sauces or stews. To preserve the lemon grass longer you can mince or puree the bottom 3" of the stalk until it is liquid, pour the liquid into ice cube trays and place in an air tight bag, and freeze. These cubes can be added to dishes such as soups.
Medicinal Uses: Lemon grass contains a significant amounts of vitamin A. Some studies have shown lemon grass to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Its also been cited as an effective pain reliever and fever reducer. Lemon grass oils have been used as an insect repellent and to clear acne.
Ornamental Uses: The stalks of this plant have purple bases and are thinner and taller than their West Indian cousin. It grows well with lavender, sage, mint, and nitrogen-fixing plants such as alfalfa or beans.
|Uses*:||Aromatic, Culinary, Medicinal|