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Lemongrass 香茅草 (xiāng máo cǎo)

The long, thin green stalks of the lemongrass plant are used to flavor Yunnanese and Southeast Asian cuisine. True to its name, it has a lemony fresh flavor. Most of the stalk is rough and woody, so only the tender lower 4 inches are used in cooking. Lemongrass stalks can be found fresh at most specialty grocery stores next to other fresh herbs.

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