Lemongrass leaves are the herb from the lemongrass plant. Lemongrass herb are light silvery-green flat leaves. Lemongrass plants form in tight, tufted clumps that grow each year and do not flower very often.
Lemongrass leaves have a faint, citrussy aroma. Associated with Thai cuisine, lemongrass can be used to give a delicate lemony flavour when added directly to meats or marinades.
Alternatively, use them as a herbal tea, pouring boiling water over a teaspoon per person - infuse for at least 5 minutes.
For the stalks or spice: lemongrass stalks.
- Quantity: 1 - 2 level teaspoons (2½ g) per cup or person
- Water temperature: 95oC (200oF)
- Brew time: 8 - 10 minutes
- Used in treating digestive problems, relaxing stomach muscles, relieving cramps and flatulence
- Reduces fever, with an overall cooling effect on the body
- Externally a gentle herb for facial steams and baths