If you're looking to add tons of flavor and aroma to your next meal, look no further than Lemongrass.
A native of southern India and Sri Lanka, Lemongrass has grown in popularity thanks to the spread of Thai cuisine here in America. Its fresh, clean, lemon-like fragrance pairs perfectly with the food from that region as well as many other dishes that could benefit from a citrus component.
Although the leaves of Lemongrass are strongly scented and flavored, it will be the bulb that you'll want to use in most cooking applications. To harvest, simply remove the root tip, peel the tough outer leaves and cut away the top of the stalk. The leaves can be used as a garnish or to infuse teas or soups with great lemon flavor.
Lemongrass essential oil is considered a revitilizing herb in aromatherapy and is often used to treat digestion, to tone muscles and as a skincare aide. It blends well with basil, geranium, jasmine and lavender to create a variety of herbal tinctures.
Lemongrass will grow in dense clumps and can be planted in the garden or grown in a pot. Water it well during the growing season, but leave it on the drier side during colder months. While on the tender side for a perennial, it will often return to provide its fabulous flavor and aroma for many years to come!