Friday, September 30, 2011

Tea Around the World ~ Cambodia

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) has light gray-green wispy leaves that grow to 24 - 36" and yield a lemony scent.  Its flavor is excellent for teas, salads, fish, poultry and Asian cuisine.  It is typically found in Thai recipes.
This fun package of Lemon Grass herb tea was another souvenir gift from the recent trip our cousin took to Southeast Asia. Made in Cambodia, this skillfully crafted reed basket contains powdered lemon grass. Lemon Grass is the distinctive lemony fragrance found in Southeast Asian cuisine.  The recipe included with the basket provides instructions to prepare Lemon Grass Tea (frappe).  To prepare this specialty drink, after making a simple sugar syrup, you add fresh lime juice and lemon grass and then infuse black tea for 5 minutes.  Strain, and serve over ice. While on vacation this past summer, I prepared the Lemon Grass Tea as instructed, and it was described as an 'exotic flavor' by my cousin's husband. 

2 comments:

Marilyn said...

What a pretty woven container. I can imagine this tea could be very good, as I love lemon grass flavor in food.

Angela McRae said...

What a unique sounding tea! And I love the container!