General description

Lemongrass (cymbopogon) is a plant from the grass family found in Africa, Asia, Australia, and tropical islands and groups about 55 species of grass. One kind of lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is cultivated for its scent that is similar to lemon.

Use

Lemongrass is known to have antifungal, antiseptic, insectidal and anti-inflammatory properties

  • Essential oil : Muscle pain, Antibacterial, Insect repellent, Digestion, Skin and hair health, Stress and anxiety reducer
  • Seasoning (common in Asian cuisine)
  • Natural cleaner and deodorizer
  • Medicinal herb (India): Reduce fever, Stimulate uterus and menstrual flow
  • Tea (Africa and latin America)
  • Oil: Pesticide, Preservative (hydrophobic use to conserve paper), Lure to attract Honey Bees

When can I eat it?

When the plant is about 1 foot tall.

Planting

Full sun, rich well-drained soil, compost for fertility and humidity. Space in between plants: 60 cm.

If planted closer together it can act as a weed barrier to keep running weeds out of the garden.

Cooking

Use the stalk of the mature plant. Cut off the lower bulb and the hard outter leaves. Can be used dry or fresh. Fresh : can be cut in 2-3 inch sections then bruised by bending them to release the lemon flavors before being added to the dish – these are for flavor and may not be great to eat. You can also chop it finely to then be added in the dish.

Nutritional value

Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and vitamin C. Minerals: Magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron.

Side effects

Allergic reactions (topical)

Pictures of the Garden

Categories: Plants