How Lemongrass grows
Lemongrass has red base stems & can grow up to 10 feet in its favored habitat. The greatest time of growth for lemongrass is during summer in moist, rich soil. If your thinking of planting lemongrass, remember its roots tend to take over in a garden, so physical barriers should be put up whenever planting the grass near other plants.
Each stalk of lemongrass has several layers, each growing tightly wrapped around its core. The top layers are tough and green like a cornhusk’s outer layer. When peeled away, you will find the familiar inner white core of the lemongrass stalk, which best for cooking.
Lemongrass Processing: Steaming → Cutting → Withering → Drying
Facts of Lemongrass
When buying lemongrass, it’s important to keep a few essential facts in mind:
- Look for firm stalks; stalks that are soft or rubbery will not yield good flavor.
- The lower stalk should be a pale yellow, while the upper stalks are green.
- Stay away from lemongrass that has brown outer leaves.
Once you’ve selected your lemongrass, consider these storage tips:
- If you find your stalks have dried out, place them into pots of soil. Within ten days or so, they will grow new, bright-green blades.
- Good-quality lemongrass can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to two weeks.
- Lemongrass freezes well. Some of the aroma and freshness may be lost when ifrozen for long periods of time, but the unique flavor will remain and the grass will be easier to cut.
- Lemongrass stalks can also be cut into small pieces and dried. These dried pieces should be stored in airtight jars then used as is or ground to a powder before incorporating into a dish.