Lemongrass is a herb with a lemony, citrus-like aroma. The culinary herb is widely used in oriental cooking, popular in herbal teas and cocktails. Native to India and grown in many tropical climates, lemongrass can not stand frost. In this article, we will share how to grow lemongrass, the nutrients and health benefits that can be gained from adding this herb to your diet.
There are many varieties of lemongrass. here are some recommended varieties you should consider growing: ‘Cymbopogon citratus’ and ‘Cymbopogon flexuosus’.
How To Grow Lemongrass
Sow seed indoors in early spring. Grow in containers/pots so they can easily be transported, and in full sun. Sow seed around 0.5-1cm in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. Water after sowing by placing the container/pot in a saucer of water. When seed has germinated move container/pot to a sunny windowsill.
In early summer move your plant outdoors and place it in a sunny site. Water regularly, especially in dry spells. Move back indoors in early autumn. When roots start coming out of the drainage holes at the bottom, transplant into a bigger container/pot. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser in spring.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Lemongrass contains many nutrients including vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5 and B-9, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and calcium. In addition, lemograss contains antioxidant properties, has antimicrobial properties, anit-inflamatory properties, and may reduce the risk of cancer. Lemongrass may also premote health digestion, may act as a diuretic, regulates cholesterol, reduces high systolic bloode pressure. amd may help lose wight.
Lemon grass is east to add to your diet, her we will give you some ideas. Add lemon grass to boiling water to make herbal tea. Use lemonrass in marinades, stir-fries, salads, spicre rubs, and curry pastes.