The lemon grass plant grown in many parts of South East Asia. Here, we call it the serai plant in malay.
Lemon grass is widely used in many Asian dishes, particulary Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine. We cut away the top leafy portion and use only the lower section of the stem for cooking. It has a lemon scent and somewhat citrus-ginger taste. We use it to cook curry, tom yam soup, spicy seafood and even when we fry chicken. We can find this plant in almost every home, especialy in the countryside. Even if we don't grow lemon grass at home, we can easily buy it from the markets.
- teas, soups, curries
- a species of lemongrass i.e. citronella grass is used to make citronella oil which is used as soap, insect repellent and in aromatherapy
- lemongrass oil has antifungal properties
- medicinal herb to cure cough and colds in ancient Indian ayurvedic treatments
- research has shown that it has anti-cancer properties