Lemongrass

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Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. It is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. It is also suitable for use with poultry, fish, beef, and seafood. Lemongrass oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. (Wikipedia, nd)

Allergy Alert:

Lemongrass is not listed as a common food to cause a food allergy, but if ingested in herbal tea or as an herb in a meal, you can develop food allergy symptoms. In the event of a lemongrass allergy, contact your allergist. (Livestrong, 2015)

Common Uses

Lemongrass plays a key role in Southeast-Asian cuisines, adding its unique flavor to everything from curries to cold drinks. The stalks are crushed to release its essential oils infuse teas, broths, soups, and braising liquids. The stalk can also be cooked to make marinades, stir-fries, salads, spice rubs, and curry pastes. (Finecooking, nd)

Nutrition Facts
Lemongrass
Amount Per1 tbsp (4.8 g)

Calories 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 35 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1.2 g 0%
Protein 0.1 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 2%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

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