Lemon Grass is widely cultivated for its culinary, medicinal, and aromatic properties. The most commonly used species is Cymbopogon citratus, also known as lemon grass.
Leaves: Long, thin, green blades with a strong lemon fragrance.
Stems: Tall, slender, and often have a reddish base.
Flowers: Inconspicuous flowers, as lemongrasses are primarily grown for their foliage.
Culinary: Lemon grass is widely used in culinary applications, especially in Asian cuisines. It adds a citrusy and lemony flavor to dishes, particularly soups, curries, and marinades.
Medicinal: In traditional medicine, lemongrass has been used for its potential health benefits, including digestive aid, anti-inflammatory properties, and as a mild sedative.
Aromatic: The strong lemon fragrance of lemongrass makes it a popular choice for aromatherapy and for infusing scents into various products.
Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil is ideal. Lemongrass can adapt to various soil types.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot and dry periods.
Sunlight: Full sun is preferable for optimal growth. Lemongrass is a sun-loving plant.
Hardiness: Lemongrass is sensitive to frost and is often grown as an annual in cooler climates. It thrives in warm and tropical regions.
Harvest the outer leaves and stems as needed. For culinary purposes, the lower, tender portion of the stalk is typically used
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