Lemongrass the botanical name is “ Cymbopogon citratus “, and as its more common name suggests it is closely related to the grass family. Containing the essential oil citral, found also in the rind of lemons, it thus possesses a strong citrus fragrance. Thick and bulbous at the bottom tapering to a grassy top, light green to beige in colour, and can be sold either fresh or dried.
Very versatile as a flavoring for meat, poultry or seafood and can also be utilised in sweet dishes. Being too tough to either chew or swallow it will usually be discarded at the end of the cooking process.