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Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Lemongrass is a versatile herb with a wonderfully refreshing, lemony flavor and scent with a host of medically beneficial properties. Easy to grow, and both tasty and healthful to add to your diet, as well as natural mosquito repellant, lemongrass benefits add healthful spice to your summer and beyond!
Lemongrass is a tropical plant native to South and Southeast Asia, growing up to 1.5-1.8 m tall, with a soft fountain of fragrant foliage. With a tangy lemony scent and flavor, lemongrass is widely used in Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cooking as well as medicine. The botanical name for the variety with the best flavor and most health benefits is Cymbopogon citratus. Though usually described as a lemony flavor, the taste has a dash of extra sweetness and a complete absence of bitter flavor along with the enchanting lemon scent.
Health Benefits of Lemongrass
The health benefits of lemongrass begin with a rich source of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C and folate, along with a host of important minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Lemongrass is also a significant source of antioxidants, flavonoids and anti-fungal and antimicrobial compounds. Lemongrass is credited with an impressive array of health benefits both proven and anecdotal.
Max Height: 1.8m
Common Name: Lemongrass, Oil Grass
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Sun Tolerance: High
Wind Tolerance: High
Water Requirement: Low
Pest Tolerance: High
Disease Tolerance: High
Growth Rate: Fast