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grassy tops of lemongrass

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catbert Dec 7, 2011 06:23 PM

i know you can use the stalks of lemongrass, but what about the leafy, grassy tops? are they good for anything? i tried growing some but it's more like they're growing "up" rather than spreading out and i would like to trim them.

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    jkling17 Dec 7, 2011 07:19 PM

    Perhaps some of this might help? I only lemongrass here and there but it's nice stuff! So far, I've only used the stalks myself.

    http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/ingredients-herbs/help-what-to-do-with-lemongrass-leaves-062459
    http://ask.recipelabs.com/questions/3404/what-can-i-use-lemongrass-leaves-for
    http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/lemongrass
    http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaicookingessentials/a/Lemongrass.htm
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/368560-lemon-grass-leaf-medicinal-uses/
    http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/05/lemongrass-lime-leaf-soda
    http://www.yummly.com/recipes/lemongr...

    1. corneygirl Dec 7, 2011 07:47 PM

      I've thrown it in (unchopped) with rice before cooking it and then removed it for eating. It adds a subtle lemongrass flavor. I have also tied it in a knot (to bruise and release oils) and chucked it in my water bottle. That makes a nice, lightly flavored water over the course of a day. I bet you could make tea with it as well.

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        janniecooks Dec 8, 2011 12:24 AM

        you can brew a tea from the grassy leaves but otherwise they have little culinary value IMO, as compared to the stalks.

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          HillJ Dec 8, 2011 07:04 AM

          Snip the tops for infusing in tea (as mentioned) or in a bowl of sugar, flavoring for sugar syrup, added to vinegar bottles and if you enjoy the smell of lemongrass as much as I do it makes a nice sachet.

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