Product: Lemon Grass
Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus syn. Andropogon schoenanthus
Plant Family: Poaceae
Other Names: Lemon grass, Oil Grass, Fever Grass, Barbed Wire Grass, Silky Heads, Cha de Dartigalongue, Hierba Luisa, Gavati Chaha, Verveine des Indes, Zitronengras, Sítrónugras, Zacate de Limón, Te de Limón, Caña de Limón, Citronella, Hierba de Limón, Takrai, Malojillo & Cimbopogone.
Description: Lemongrass is a tall, aromatic, tender perennial grass with many stems which is native to India and tropical Asia; it grows to a height of 1.5- 2 metres. The leaves are glaucous green in colour and can reach 1 metre in length and are approximately 2cm wide, they are linear, tapering towards the tip. The flower is a wispy, nodding panicle, approximately 60cm in length and greeny-yellow to reddish in colour.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that lemon grass is a good source of folate and contains vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, & C and minerals including copper, iron, manganese and zinc? It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to brighten moods, as a digestive aid and to bring down fevers. It is also has antibacterial, antifungal and repellent properties.
Ingredients: Dried leaf of Cymbopogon citratus.
Allergy Advice: Lemon grass may cause an allergic reaction if consumed by people sensitive to grass and citrus products.
Lemon grass is used in many Thai and Caribbean recipes; it combines well with poultry and fish, add it to soups, curries and stir fries or use to make an interesting twist on classic lemonade, it also combines well with ginger or served on its on as a tea. The high level of citronella contained in lemon grass makes it an excellent herb to use in herbal blends to deter fleas and flying insects such as mosquitoes, it can be added to pot pourri and when mixed with lavender and marjoram it makes a relaxing sleep pillow.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.