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Lemongrass, tasty, versatile and healthy

  1. Lemongrass is such a plant that we all know and certainly use regularly, but which we often do not immediately recognize when we see it somewhere. Besides being great for use in the kitchen, it is also a lush growing grass and has quite a few medicinal aspects in it. In short, a versatile plant.

Lemongrass, the base

  1. It is a garden plant, also known as garden herb, with the official name Cymbopogon citratus. The origin of this plant is in India, but the plant can now be found all over the world. In the Netherlands we sometimes call the plant sereh and in Indonesia the plant is known under the name serai.

Growth habit

  1. The plant grows in the sun and in partial shade. The slender leaves, which are often used in the kitchen, can grow up to 75 centimeters high. The plant is not green all year round, the plant loses its leaves during the cold months.

Various applications

  1. When essential oil is made from lemongrass (citronella), this is mainly used by beekeepers. They can lure the bees into the bait hives with this scent. Lemongrass is also used as a flavoring agent in various dishes, but the fresh scent of lemongrass can also be used in soap or perfume.

Application in the kitchen

  1. Lemongrass has a fresh, sour taste. The taste, as the name suggests, goes towards the lemon and lime. It is a relatively widely used taste, for example in certain dishes just to remove the 'heavy' something and to give it that fresh sour taste. But a fairly neutral salad can also give a little more 'body'. Nice and fresh, especially in the warmer months.

Application past and present

  1. In the past we could only use the dried version of lemongrass and sometimes the frozen version. Lemongrass in powder form was often used. However, the fresh variety in pots or open ground - as we have had in the Netherlands for several years - is still much tastier. The purity of the fresh plant is paramount. This also applies to the vast majority of herbs.

Health aspects

  1. Lemongrass is a great addition to a meal for several reasons.

Medicinal

  1. Lemongrass can be used in various ways when it comes to the healing power of the plant. The plant in tea form is perhaps even the best known. Due to its high iron content, lemongrass is good against iron deficiency in the body. Due to its antiseptic properties, the plant is valuable in treating arthritis, gout, and urinary tract inflammation, among others. Furthermore, the microorganisms in the plant eliminate harmful bacteria, yeasts, fungi and parasites and the blood is purified. It helps to relieve the airways from the flu, cold or hay fever.

Finally

  1. Lemongrass may seem like a somewhat insignificant plant, but when used regularly it has a good effect on the body. Since it is also a tasty seasoning, application in different dishes will not pose a problem for most people.

  2. Lemongrass may seem like a somewhat insignificant plant, but with regular use it has a good effect on the body. Since it is also a tasty seasoning, application in different dishes will not pose a problem for most people.



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