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Why Use Lemon Grass if it Taste Like Lemon?

Some recipes call forlLemon grass but it taste pretty much like lemon, if that is the case why use lemon grass when you can simply squeeze lemon into your recipe? As you can guess I don't use recipes that call for lemon grass often. Thanks

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  1. I don't think they taste alike at all. I love lemongrass, and grow it, so I use it frequently.

    1. I agree with weezie, they don't taste alike at all. If you have an Asian market nearby, consider buying a stalk of lemongrass and experimenting with it. I use the inner leaves to steep in everything from hot soup and iced cocktails and grate the soft tubers for stir fry but my favorite use is to clean the stalk well and pare it down to a swizzle stick for iced tea and iced fruited teas.

      1. Lemongrass SMELLS like a citrus. 
        It doesn't really TASTE lemony; maybe like a light citrus with some heat.
        Even if it did taste just like lemon, it doesn't have the acid or the curdling properties of lemon. 

        See if you can sample Greek avgolemono soup and Thai Tom Yum soup-- Many grocery stores have both in their deli sections. This should awaken your palate to lemongrass and the differences. 

        1. Lemongrass smells like lemon, but definitely doesn't taste like lemon.

          1. Agree with all the above - definitely does not taste like lemon to me at all. I buy it and use it often. I can get about 5 stalks for 25 cents. It is certainly an inexpensive way to add amazing flavour to a dish.