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Lemon Grass

October 10, 2011

The latest produce to enter the kitchen resembled a handful of 1/2″ dowels.  They were lemon grass stalks.

To see pictures of lemon grass in all its splendor, try searching Google Images.  Just enter lemon grass in the search box and marvel. (Note lemongrass will also work.)  Try to ignore that bottle of McCormick seasoning that comes up in the search results.  That’s not the lemon grass you’re looking for.

The gardener is just getting the hang of growing and harvesting lemon grass, and I’m pretty sure there’s lots to learn.  We’ve already learned not to put it in the ground, but put it in a pot.  This stuff can spread like nobody’s business.  We’ve also learned to trim it from time to time with hedge clippers to keep the plant tidy and manageable.

This particular harvest of lemon grass went into the cavity of a gutted whole fish that we cooked on the grill.  Yummy!

The tender lemon grass leaves also make a nice tea.  Just pour boiling water over the leaves and let steep for 10 minutes or so.  Then remove the leaves.   Drink it hot or chill it for a very refreshing drink.

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  1. October 11, 2011 10:55 am

    Lesson learned too late. My lemongrass is in the ground and enormous. Time to get out the hedge clippers. It is delicious in cooking, and I will try the tea.

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