You've heard of lemongrass, and you've probably tasted it, but do you know what the hell it is? Lemongrass is actually exactly what it sounds like: a grass-like herb that has a lemon flavor. There's a lot more to it than that, however.
Popular in Thai and Vietnamese cooking, lemongrass also works well in Western cooking -- its complex flavors can liven up a variety of dishes and are are also enhanced by many different spices and seasoning. Lemongrass's slightly sweet, pungent and lemony taste makes it great for spicy stews and curries, but it also works well in desserts and sodas and cocktails.
If you haven't explored the complex notes of lemongrass yet, or if you're an avid fan who just wants to learn more about this common but somewhat mysterious ingredient, here are nine things you should know. Read all about it and then check out the lemongrass recipes below.