If you like the taste of lemonade, but with a little extra spice to it, then dried lemongrass will make a sweet addition to your next dish. Its common name is West Indian lemongrass, and it’s been a mainstay of Southeast Asian cultures for centuries.
With a refreshing hint of rose aroma, lemongrass will bring a definite sparkle to your meal planning. Here’s how you can make dried lemongrass a perennial favorite in your kitchen.
Cooking with Dried Lemongrass
This little shrub plays an integral part in many herbal teas and coffees, but it can also be used in dinner recipes and more.
Here’s a mixture of both food and beverage ideas to make the most of your dried lemongrass supply.
- Lemongrass Tea: It’s a timeless concoction, lauded as much for its healing benefits as it is for having a great taste. There are multiple ways to make this—you can try adding ginger for a nice kick or add a slice of peach nectar for something tart. On a hot day, there’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of lemongrass iced tea, but it works equally well in its hot form.
- Tom Yum Soup with Tofu: If you’d rather go the Asian vegetarian cuisine route, tom yum soup with a few pieces of tofu is just what the chef ordered. Add a few ounces of rice noodles, some garlic, soy sauce, chili paste, and vegetable stock for a creation that any non-meat eater will cherish.
- Lemongrass Thai Pork: Going the other direction, here’s a dish that’s ideal for those who love Thai meats. The dried lemongrass applied to Thai pork is a revelation in tanginess. Just add soy sauce, garlic, and dark brown sugar, then you’re in business.
What are the Health Benefits of Dried Lemongrass?
Dried lemongrass is packed with volatile oils that have a beneficial impact on the respiratory tract, alleviating discomfort from sore throats or laryngitis. They work hard to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungus, and parasites, and can quickly heal gastro infections.
For anyone looking to enter a detox diet, dried lemongrass can aid in cleansing the liver, bladder, pancreas, and increasing blood circulation.
Lemongrass is a body purifier, nourishing and soothing the nervous system which can help cure insomnia.
It’s also a great source of vitamins A and C (and to an extent vitamin B), in addition to having traces of magnesium, copper, and zinc.
Where Burma Spice Gets Their Dried Lemongrass
Growing lemongrass is a fairly straightforward process. It’s a subtropical plant, meaning that it can’t grow outdoors in cold regions; so if you live somewhere with cold winters, be sure to grow the plants indoors—while still giving them plenty of direct sunlight.
At Burma Spice, we get our dried lemongrass from southern Georgia. Savannah growers have given us some of the tastiest herbs around, so we keep coming back. Once the plant gets growing, it tends to have a mind of its own. Before you know it, new stalks will appear next to older stalks and you have yourself a thriving creation.
When growing them on your own, be sure to change the water out every couple of days while the roots begin to grow.