Herby Mondays – Lemongrass

Herby Mondays – Lemongrass

Lemongrass

I am tall and slender
Causing your taste buds to wonder
Lemon or grass
Form a different class

Imagine the quintessential Thai signature dish – The Tom Yum Soup without its dominant lemony flavor. Lemongrass with its strong citrusy aroma and a sweet lemony scent imparts its unique flavor to recipes. Associated predominantly with Thai and South East Asian cooking, Lemongrass can be bought fresh, dried or powdered.

A secret ingredients in broths, in tea, oils, lemongrass stalks can also be lightly crushed and added to dishes such as curry during cooking. Lemongrass stalks also make fragrant kebab skewers and basting brushes.

Indigenous to India and other areas of the Asian continent including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. It is also common in Ceylon, Central America, China, Guatemala, Java, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

Also known as fevergrass in some cultures, this stalk like herb is known to alleviate respiratory conditions and sore throats. It commands the reputation for its anti-pyretic properties. Widely used to alleviate certain respiratory conditions including laryngitis and sore throats, lemongrass has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative and diuretic.

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