Think Lemongrass Tea

July 05, 2013

Do you love flavorful tea? Well then have we got a treat for you! We’ve got bundles of fresh lemongrass for sale!

Lemongrass can be made into a zesty hot or iced tea, which has a strong lemon flavor and aroma.

Endless research reports over the last decade have revealed tea’s many health benefits. From cancer-fighting antioxidants to cholesterol-lowering polyphenols, tea is a convenient health supplement. Research done specifically on lemongrass has shown its effectiveness in treating digestive disorders, inflammation, diabetes, nervous disorders, and fever as well as pharmacologically being antibacterial, anti-diarrheal, and an antioxidant. Herbal tea made from the grass has traditionally been used in Mexico (called té de limón) by Curanderos to promote sleep, aid in digestion, and as a treatment for influenza.

Other common uses for the plant are cooking (soups and curries), aromatherapy, and potpourri. The grass is now commonly used in African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian cuisines and is widely grown in equatorial America and Asia. Many Thai dishes containing lemongrass are distinguishable by the strong lemon flavor. The plant is hearty so it will last several days after harvest and the stems can last for months if they are kept in water.

If you would like to make a soothing batch of tea, order from the website or join us at the Saturday Gilbert or North Phoenix farmers' markets!

by The Stumptown Kid

Lemongrass Tea Recipe:

Ingredients:

4 stalks lemongrass
1 liter water
4 teaspoons honey (optional)
3 slices fresh ginger, peeled 1/4 inch slices (optional)

Steps:

1. Pour the liter of water in a pot and set it to boil
2. Remove the dry, green outer leaves - only use the whitest part
3. Use a meat tenderizer or rolling pin to gently flatten the stalks
4. When the water is boiling, place the stalks and ginger in the pot and let them steep for 5 minutes
5. Pour the tea into cups and serve with, or without the honey
6. It can be served as an iced tea too!

 



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