Gourmet Food Source
The lemongrass plant (also known as citronella) is a staple of many Southeast Asian soups and curries. It plays a leading role in the repertoire of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in particular, imparting its heady citrus flavour into salads, soups and the ubiquitous green curries.
Lemongrass is distinctively Asian, forget fusion, this is a powerful ingredient that will give your Asian food its authenticity so donít use it to replace fresh lemon in a European dish, it doesnít work.
Although lemongrass is associated with Asian cookery it is also grown in Africa, Australia, South America and Florida.
We took this picture on location in Singapore
How to Grow
Lemon grass can be sown from seed in a propagator or, if you can find a fairly fresh stick, which still has a little of the root crown attached then they will root quite easily. Whichever, they require warmth and water and will eventually grow into a large mound of bright green grass with a wonderful lemon aroma.
How to Cook
see also Exotic Fruit & Vegetables