Lemon Grass

I wish to extend my most heartfelt apologies to Richard of RAP Welding and his family and friends.  I erroneously reported that Richard had died due to complications of COVID 19.  The additional pain I caused his family in this most difficult of times of a loved one being ill is beyond comprehension.  Again I beg your forgiveness.  I also wish to apologize to Andrew, the Editor of The Lumby Valley Times, as this was not his or his staffs mistake, it was mine and mine alone and it should not reflect on anyone but myself.  

Why Didn’t The Cows Eat The Lemon Grass?… It made Sour Milk!

Every year I grow a small amount of Lemon Grass for myself and a few people who know of and enjoy this aromatic grass.  Lemon Grass is a perennial in its native home of warm climates as in places like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Jamaica however, in cooler climes such as ours it is an annual that will not survive our winter but can be grown in pots that can be brought indoors for the winter.  It grows easily from seed, root division and cuttings placed in water until it has some roots sprouted.  The seeds will sprout in 5 to 21 days after being pressed into a richly composted soil and kept moist and humid.  It will grow to be a grassy tuft of about 1 foot in height with stalks of about 1/2 an inch in diameter and is very attractive in flower beds and borders.  Lemon grass has a zesty lemon flavour and is used in many dishes from curries, soups to stir fries.  It is wonderful in chicken and seafood dishes and the leaves can be used to make tea.  The most edible part of the plant is near the bottom of the stalk which you cut off just above the root.  Remove the woody portions as well as the leaves which you can dry to make the tea.  It can be used fresh or you can freeze it for later use.  The tea should only be used in small amounts internally but has a hair rinse can help with hair loss issues and is very useful for toning pores of the skin and it is used to treat acne and oily skin issues.  It has many health benefits as it is high in potassium and iron and also has anti fungal and anti bacterial properties as well as being a natural diuretic it can also promote weight loss.  In Jamaica it is called fever grass and is used to treat fevers, stomach ailments, it can  also be used as a pesticide and is quite affective in repelling whitefly, aphids as well as ticks and snakes.  It contains citronella and therefore repels mosquitoes.  It is also made into soaps and cleaning products.

Samantha Nason
BS Ranch & Greenhouses
250 547 6567 • samanthanason@hotmail.com

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