Ingredient Name: Lemon Grass, lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus, wire grass, citronella grass, fever grass etc..

Traditional Chinese Name: 香茅草 (Xiāng máo căo) – literal translation of “fragrant grass”

What is this?

  • A tall, green grass that is native to India and used widely in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines
  • Extremely fragrant with a citrus flavor and is used in soups, teas, stews and curries

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water
  • Can be used in dishes or soups cut in larger pieces or as a whole stalk
  • It is usually used in small amounts to enhance flavors

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in wet marts in Hong Kong
  • Readily available in markets in South East Asia
  • Not always commonly available in western supermarkets – although it is also available in dried or powdered forms (not as fragrant or strong in flavors)

What is the cost?

  • 1 stalk Hong Kong cost around $1 (extremely affordable)

Any benefits?

  • There is an active ingredient in lemongrass similar to lemon peels called Citral – which aids in digestion
  • Said to also relieve headaches, muscle cramps and spasms

Additional Information:

  • Store in an air tight bag in the fridge for up to 3 weeks
  • Can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months as well\