LEMON GRASS

Lemon Grass is a perennial grass originating in India.

Characteristics

Its external shape is similar to leek, but it is much more resistant. It is consumed whole, from the bulb to the stalk.

Benefits and properties

It has antimicrobial and antibacterial capabilities. In infusions medicinal properties are attributed to it such as it being a digestive, painkiller, expectorant and anti-pyretic.

Storage

To improve storage it is recommended to keep lemon grass in the fridge.

Preparation

For its preparation we have to peel the first outer layers. Given its citrusy and also slightly spicy flavour, it should be added in small amounts, mainly in Thai and Vietnamese dishes, to flavour soups, stews, salads, sauces and marinades.

It is also commonly used in oriental cuisine, added to fish and seafood, providing freshness to dishes and subtle flavours if the right proportions are provided.

Dried leaves are used to make lemon-tea infusion; and it is now being introduced as a flavouring agent in cocktails such as gin and tonic.

It is also used in cosmetics and aromatherapy.