Lemon Grass

With its lemony scent and hint of rose aroma, lemon grass is an essential ingredient in Thai and Indonesian cooking. Lemon grass grows wild in Indonesia, Indochina, and tropical Australia, and has been cultivated in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka as a culinary herb and in India as a medicinal herb for thousands of years.

Fibrous leaves have a stiff midrib, sharp edges, and purple bases.

 This aromatic grass, from India, essential oils contain large amounts of citral and geraniol, used for flavorings and perfumes.  Tea used to treat digestive problems and fever. Anti-inflammatory.

Lemon grass is a well known mild insect repellent (citronella) and the essential oil is used in perfumery.

Packet. App. 100 seeds.


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As a medicinal herb, lemon grass is mildly diuretic and a stimulant tonic. The herb promotes digestion of fats, and in Ayurvedic medicine a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. The herb stimulates perspiration, cooling the body in summer and lowering fevers any time of year. A study in 1988 found significant antimicrobial activity in fighting several human pathogens such as E.coli and staphylococcus aureus. It has also been used externally for treatment of lice, ringworm, and scabies.

 Take care to store lemon grass away from other foods and spices, as they make pick up its aroma. Soak dried whole lemon grass for two hours in warm water before using in cooking.

DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT

Lemon grass is a popular herb in Asian cuisine and it’s very easy to grow. You can use it fresh or dry it and make lemon grass tea. There are many uses for this fresh and lemony herb.

For splitting you need to pull some of the roots and tubers then place the bundle in a jar of water and place in a sunny window until you have an inch or two of roots.

Transplant your lemon grass into a pot with soil. Place it in warm place with lots of sun. Keep the pot moist but do not over water.

If you live in a cold climate, you will need to bring your lemon grass in during the winter. Lemon grass will not survive frost.

Planting your lemon grass outside near a water source is a good way to get large plants.
75-100 days to harvest when started indoors.

Germination: 7-14 days
Sowing time: Spring
Seeding method: Transplant
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 18-48″
Spacing: 8-12″
Zones: Zones 9-11

 

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