Citrusy & aromatic


Lemongrass, also called sereh, owes its name to the citrusy aroma that comes off the juice of the stalk. Lemongrass is a plant belonging to the grass family. It is an important flavouring in Oriental cuisine. You can use lemongrass as a flavouring in stir-fry dishes, curries, stews or in marinades, for example. Due to its tangy flavour, you can also use sereh in tea or fresh smoothies.

The origin of lemongrass

Lemongrass comes from temperate tropical areas such as Asia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The taste of lemongrass

Sereh stalks have a fresh, citrusy, slightly gingery taste.

How do you use lemongrass?

Lemongrass is not eaten raw, but always boiled or stewed. You can use it in many different dishes. Usually you cook sereh for the aroma and remove the stalk before serving. If you cut only the lower part of the stalk very finely, you can also eat it. This can be added to a salad or a curry, for example.

How do you store lemongrass?

Lemongrass can be kept in a perforated bag in the fridge for over a week. You can also freeze lemongrass. Lemongrass can be stored for 6 months in the freezer.

Tip for lemongrass!

When buying lemongrass, it should be fresh and white to yellow in colour. Make sure that the stalks do not look dry.

How healthy is lemongrass?

Lemongrass can benefit your health! It is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A and C and calcium, magnesium and iron. In the tropical areas lemongrass is native to, it is traditionally used against stomach ailments, flu and colds.

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Nutritional value

per 100 gr
Energy (kcal) 99 kcal
Energy (kJ) 414 kJ
Carbohydrates 25,3 g
of which sugars 25,3 g
Fat 0,5 g
of which saturated 0,1 g
Fibre 5 g
Protein 1,8 g
Natrium 0 mg
Vitamine B11 75 µg

Growing areas

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Lemongrass Preparation Tips

How do you use lemongrass?

Tip 1

To release the flavour, chop the stalks into pieces if you use lemongrass in stir-fry dishes, for example.

Tip 2

Crunch the stalks if you use lemongrass in, for example, stews. If you add crushed lemongrass to your dishes for a long time, it will release even more of its flavour.

Tip 3

When you cut the lower part of the stalk very finely, you can use lemongrass in a curry or a salad and eat it.

Favourite recipes with lemongrass

Sereh is widely used in Oriental cuisine, it adds a delicious citrusy aroma to various dishes. Here are some of our favourite lemongrass recipes.

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