Friday, 25 January 2013

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass is native to Indonesia and introduced and cultivated in most of the tropics including Africa, South America and Indo-China.

Lemongrass is a tall, perennial grass that can grow up to 2m tall. Its linear leaves are 1m long and 2cm wide, tapering towards the sheath. It is white on the upper surface and green on the under side. Lemongrass grows in dense clusters, appearing as a clump of tall grass.

The inflorescence is a loose panicle about 60cm long and reddish in colour. The pedicels are tinged purple. 

Lemongrass has a aromatic fragrance that makes it popular for culinary uses. It has a refreshing smell and taste when added to dishes. 

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