The lemongrass scent is refreshing and energizing. I love how it awakens the senses with its hint of herbaceous note that is not totally acrid or sharp but soothing. It’s the zesty smell of greens that often enlightens me and made me feel grounded to the earth. That’s how I began to fall in love with lemongrass tea.
I never knew that making lemongrass tea would be so simple as I always thought that the lemongrass leaves needed to be dried under the sun before soaking in hot water to make tea. When all you will need to do it to purchase some fresh lemongrass from the wet market or NTUC, chopped it up into pieces and boil it!
Good things in life do come as easy only if you willing to look for it.
Chop up the lemongrass into chunks like the one shown above and toss it into a pot of boiling water. Allow the lemongrass to simmer in hot boiling water for about 10 minutes before switching off the fire.
Let it cool before adding your favorite sweetener like palm sugar or coconut sugar. I try to avoid adding white or refine sugar as it is not quite as nutritious as plant derived sugar as it contains more minerals than refine and processed sugar. Palm sugar, for instance, also has a lower glycemic index.
Here, I am using palm sugar, a natural plant based sugar which my mum has bought from Cambodia. It has a nice caramel-like flavor that makes the tea more flavorful.
That’s afternoon tea for me – some tea, some crunchies and a good ol’ book.