Lemon grass (Cymbopogon) is a sweet-smelling grass that is native to India and Southeast Asia. It is widely used in Asian cuisine, and has a citrusy flavor that is perfect for adding flavor to soups, curries, and stir-fries. Lemon grass can be bought fresh or dried, and is also available in oil and powder form.
Lemon grass is a good source of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains compounds that can help to boost the immune system.
How to use:
Fresh lemon grass can be added to soups, curries, and stir-fries. It can also be used to make tea. Dried lemon grass can be used to make a powder that can be used to flavor food. Lemon grass oil can be used to flavor food or as a massage oil.
Cymbopogon prefers to grow in moist soil.
Cut back plants in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth.
Cymbopogon can be harvested at any time.
Type of Soil:
Lemon grass prefers well-drained, fertile soil.
Cymbopogon prefers full sun.
Cymbopogon benefits from being fertilized with compost or manure in the spring.
Lemon grass can be propagated from seed, division, or cuttings.
Pests and diseases:
Cymbopogon is generally resistant to pests and diseases.
Lemon grass can be used as a border plant or in mass plantings. It is also a good choice for container gardening.