Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tropical grass that is grown in India, southeast Asia, Africa and central America. Lemongrass thrives in sandy soil in hot climates that have a lot of rain.
Lemongrass has a bulb-like root at the bottom of the stalk and is used like an herb. It really does taste like lemon.
Lemongrass can be used fresh, dried or as a powder.
The chopped stalk is used in soups, curries and stews to add flavour but is hard to eat because it is so fibrous. Lemongrass is widely used in Thai cuisine. If you are going to eat the lemongrass stalk then you should pound it into a paste before adding to the dish. Most people avoid eating the lemongrass stalk because it stays so fibrous.
Lemongrass is used in tea (in Africa) as well as to flavour chicken, pork and fish dishes.
Medicinally, lemongrass is used to relieve flatulence and as a sedative.
Lemongrass is also used in perfumes.
Lemongrass is popular as a tea in Africa.