Lemongrass is a genus of about 55 species of grasses. It is a tall perennial grass. Lemon grass is native to India. It is widely used as a herb in Asian cuisine. It has a citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. Lemon Grass Oil, used as a pesticide and preservative, is put on the ancient
palm-leaf manuscripts found in India as a preservative. It is used for the Preservation of the many manuscript collections in India. The lemon grass oil also injects natural fluidity into the brittle palm leaves and the hydrophobic nature of the oil keeps the manuscripts dry so that the text is not lost to decay due to humidity.
Lemon grass is also known as “Gavati Chaha” and is used as an addition to tea and in preparations like ‘kadha’ which is a traditional herbal ‘soup’ used against cough, cold etc. Lemongrass essential oil produces a delicate aroma of citrus and is extracted from the lemongrass plant which has long, willowy stalks.
Justifying its name, the Lemongrass smells just like Lemon, but it is more mild and sweet. It is not sour to taste. This grass is used in countless beverages (including tea), desserts and other forms of culinary as a fl avoring agent, where fresh lemon is not available or is not to be used. It is very much in use in Chinese and Thai recipes. It grows and spreads very fast like any other grass and fetches a good price in the market.