Lemongrass… chances are you’ve heard of it, but have you used it? It’s an incredible ingredient frequently used in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine and adds a delicate lemon aroma to soups, curries, marinades, even tea. It’s often bruised or crushed and then thrown into a pot and cooked with other ingredients to add flavor and aromatics, it’s then removed before serving. Otherwise, the tough outer hull is removed and the softer interior is thinly sliced or minced.
These days, many general grocery stores carry this incredible ingredient in the produce aisle. Otherwise it can be found at any decent Asian food store. Unfortunately there’s no really good substitute so my suggestion is to check online if you’re having trouble finding it. In a pinch you can often find lemongrass paste in the fresh herb section of your local grocery store.