I love cooking with lemongrass, but I have to plan ahead to cook with it as I don’t have it growing in the garden and thus have to make a trip to the store. What about growing my own lemongrass, I thought? A quick Google search lead me to this blog post.
I bought two lovely stalks at Central Market, my favorite store at which to buy fresh herbs. I placed them in a glass jar with fresh water, which I changed every few days, and soon enough, roots started coming forming. Within 2 weeks the roots were long enough that I could plant them in a pot. (You want the roots to be about 2 inches long when you plant them.) Being that lemongrass is native to tropical Oceania, I think it will do just fine in the TX heat. Assuming it ever rains again. To read more about growing and harvesting lemongrass, see this site.
Just like a weed, the two original lemongrass stalks will start producing baby “stalks” and pretty soon I will have a nice patch of lemongrass. What will I do with all the lemongrass you ask?
Well, I like to use it in soups or curries. Or you could make a refreshing summer drink. Or you can make a curative tea out of it. A 2006 study found lemongrass to have cancer fighting properties. This doesn’t surprise me; it only furthers my belief that food should by thy medicine.