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Lily buds 金针菜 (jīn zhēn cài) or 黄花菜 (huáng huā cài)

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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