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Thai Lemongrass

Thai Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) or (ตะไคร้) as it is known in Thailand is a popular ingredient in many Thai Recipes especially soups such as Tom Yum Krung.
Lemon grass is also one of the lemon plants not liked by mosquitoes, the sap from the stems can be rubbed on exposed skin and will deter mosquitoes for a short period of time.
The lemon grass in the first picture on the left is growing mainly in rubble with some earth and has had no care at all in the last few months, so it is quite an easy plant to grow.

Growing Lemon Grass

Lemon grass is exceptionly easy to grow as long as it is warm and sunny, if you live in colder climes a south facing window in your warmest room should keep it happy and alive.
Take the bulb and place in water, every few days change the water, lemongrass is quite slow in starting off it's roots but once they finally poke through you won't have long to wait till you will be planting into your herb garden.

Lemongrass Marinade Recipe

3 fresh lemongrass stalks, chopped
2 tbsp. finely chopped green onion
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground dried chilli flakes
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
4 1/2 tsp. fish sauce
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Mix all the ingredients together and you have your marinade.

If you liked this page on lemon grass you might enjoy our pages on Growing Thai Chili Peppers,Coriander, Growing Thai Basil from Cuttings or from Seeds and also our page on Preserving Basil.

How to Grow Lemon Grass Video Tutorial