Lemongrass, also known as citronella grass, is a perennial grass that grows in tropical climates. It grows in clusters much like onions or hydrangeas and can reach anywhere between six to ten feet in height.
Its flavor can be characterized by mild citrus notes and it’s commonly used in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, namely in soups, as well as meat and fish dishes. But it’s also popular in other places in the world – in Africa it is brewed as tea, while in India it’s used as a medicinal herb.
In the grocery store, you’re able to find lemongrass in the same aisle where other fresh produce is displayed, and you can, in a lot of places, find it close to plants like ginger as well as other specialty fruits or veggies.
In this article, I’ll show you where you can buy lemongrass (both online and offline) by listing out several stores that you can visit or check online. I’m also going to share with you recipes where you can use lemongrass.
Which Stores Have Lemongrass Available?
Here are some of the stores where you can find vegan cheese:
- Amazon – Hands down the best website online to purchase anything, including lemongrass. At Amazon, you can find lemongrass herbs, lemongrass essential oil, lemongrass powder, and fresh lemongrass stalks. Find Amazon’s wide selection of lemongrass products here.
- Walmart – Much like Amazon, at Walmart you have access to a wide variety of options, including lemongrass soap. If you ever drop by Walmart, you will find lemongrass in the produce area, close to products like ginger and other tropical fruits like mango and avocado.
- Whole Foods – Besides essential lemongrass oil, Whole Foods is the ideal place for anyone looking for organic produce, including organic lemongrass certified by the USDA.
- Target – At Target I wasn’t able to find any results for fresh lemongrass, but I could find different products containing lemongrass, including a multi-surface cleaner and hair conditioner.
- Safeway – Your local Safeway should also have lemongrass available, but if not, there’s a decent lemongrass stir-in paste that is great in stir fry, salad dressings, and tahini dressings.
- Kroger – At Kroger, you’re able to find organic lemongrass from Simple Truth, as well as non-organic lemongrass, among many other varieties.
- Indian stores – Did you know that India is the world’s top commercial producer of lemongrass? Well, dropping by your neighborhood’s Indian grocery store is another good way to find fresh lemongrass.
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Finding Lemongrass at the Produce Aisle
Once you head to the produce area in your local grocery store or supermarket, you should look for lemongrass with firm stalks, not rubbery stalks, that transition from a pale yellow base to bright green husks. Plus, If you can avoid it, don’t choose lemongrass where the leaves are starting to go brown.
Unfortunately, that is a sign the lemongrass is about to go bad.
Also, if you don’t want to immediately use the lemongrass, you should wrap the stalk tightly and store it in the refrigerator, where it can last around two weeks.
You can also freeze lemongrass, but it may lose some of its flavors.
Lemongrass can also be sliced into smaller pieces and dried out in the sun. Once it’s dry, you can store it in a mason jar or airtight container.
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3 Recipes that Contain Lemongrass
Lemongrass Coconut Curry without Paste
In the video above, Raveena Taurani, a chef and founder of Grazia India, teaches you how to make a healthy, wholesome, and delicious lemongrass coconut curry.
The ingredients you will need are fresh lemongrass, onion, mushrooms, Thai chili, lime leaves, fresh basil coriander, cumin and Turmeric, sliced garlic, salt, coconut milk, sweet potato, fresh stalk, and sesame oil.
Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry
This amazing recipe by Ambitious Cuisine is an incredible vegetarian Thai green curry made with chickpeas, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green curry paste, and lemongrass. Even though it’s comfort food, it’s also extremely healthy, even more so if you serve it with brown rice.
Vegan Stir-Fry with Lemongrass
This vegan stir-fry is for people who don’t know what to do with some spare lemongrass. This recipe calls for ingredients like tofu and vegetables such as green beans, broccoli, and bell peppers that are stir-fried with a few Thai-inspired ingredients.
Finding lemongrass in the supermarket shouldn’t be that difficult.
As we’ve mentioned in this article, you can easily purchase fresh lemongrass (as well as other varieties) online through Amazon or Walmart, or you can head to your local supermarket and check the produce area, more specifically the section where tropical fruits and vegetables are.
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