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Lemongrass: From Asia to Zest
Many staples of Southeast Asian cuisine, such as curries, soups, and sauces, owe their appetizing aroma to lemongrass. Read on for Groupon’s guide to this unique plant.
Lemongrass is, in fact, a grass, but it is most definitely not a lemon. Rather, the name refers to its citrus-like flavor and aroma. Native to India, the plant is a prized ingredient in the cuisine of Southeast Asia. The large, yellowish stalks are tough and fibrous in texture, and must be finely sliced or pounded to be used in cooking. But once lemongrass is infused into soups or blended into curries, its refreshing, zesty taste provides harmonious balance against pungent flavors such as garlic and chili. By itself, it also makes for a fragrant tea—an equally refreshing alternative to steeping garlic in hot water.
- The distinctive, perfume-like scent is due to lemongrass’ high concentration of citral, an essential oil also found in lemons that’s said to have medicinal properties capable of easing headaches, relieving muscle cramps, and aiding digestion.
- Lemongrass is even occasionally referred to as “fever grass” for its presumed abilities to heal ailments.
- Among lemongrass’s more useful folk applications: a natural mosquito repellant.