Tanglad – Lemon grass – cymbopogon citratus

Last saturday, I had the luck to visit a Filipina living here in the City of Treviso. I never imagined that one day I would be able to meet someone who would give me the hint that It is possibile to cultivate lemon grass “tanglad” here in Italy. It is strange how life can bring back childhood memories through persons you just met. This plant reminds me of soups taken during cold and rainy days. When I was a child, the taste of warm broth with a pleasant and lemony flavor meant the warmth of home and being with my family. I can still remember how a fish soup called “Tinola” or the clam soup would lighten a seemingly gloomy and cold day. Memories…
With the lemon grass stalks that this newfound acquintance have given me, I decided to make 2 experiments..I hope my tentative to grow lemon grass in my own garden would become a reality! It would be a constant reminder of moments spent with my family and the chance to have a special plant that is considered to have curative properties. When I was a small girl, I didn’t ask questions about this plant’s value but now I am doing a little research about it. Thanks to internet, I was able to learn more about this plant. Is this curiousity a sign of maturity? Or, Is this because deep inside I have always known that there is always a reason for everything …a recipe is a gift, a legacy from someone who had the time to share the taste of a group of ingredients but didn’t have the time to explain why certain ingredients are added to a certain dish. If ever anyone wondered where the leaves of this plant are, well, I cut them, made a knot out of them and spiced my vegetable soup with it. The subtle taste of lemon mixed with ginger made the soup particularly special…

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