It's an odd one, no doubt. However, the guys at The One Garden in Stanmer park have grown the most epic Lemongrass at the top of their tower- I mean truly stunning. It took me aback as I'd never seen it before.
You will see that the plant is truly epic and it got me thinking. What is lemongrass and how can we use it?
Lemongrass, also known as Cymbopogon citratus, is a herb commonly used in cooking and traditional medicine. It is native to tropical regions in Africa and Asia and is known for its fresh, lemony scent and flavour. In addition to its culinary uses, lemongrass has a range of medicinal benefits. It is a natural diuretic and can aid digestion, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. Lemongrass contains antioxidants and has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help protect against infections. It has also been shown to have potential in treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. With its many potential health benefits, lemongrass is a valuable addition to any healthy diet.
Alongside this- it's also truly delicious and a brilliant addition to many different dishes. It is use extensively in South east asian cuisine and is amazing in curry's.
So, this recipe is about making a pesto with a difference. With some south Asian additions
2 stalks of lemongrass, tough outer layers removed, chopped into small pieces
35g fresh basil leaves
70g unsalted roasted peanuts
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
60ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp honey
In a food processor, pulse the Tower grown lemongrass, basil leaves, peanuts, garlic, salt, and black pepper until finely chopped.
With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil and lime juice. Stop the food processor and scrape down the sides as needed.
Add the honey and pulse until everything is well combined and the pesto has a smooth texture.
Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Use the lemongrass pesto immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
This lemongrass pesto is a delicious and unique twist on traditional pesto, and it pairs well with a variety of dishes, from pasta to grilled meats and vegetables. Enjoy!