Lemon Grass (Latin name, Cymbopogon citratus), a native of India, is atall tropical grass with leaves at the top and a solid portion severalinches long at the root end. The fresh stalks and leaves have a cleanlemon-like fragrance because it contains an essential oil, which isalso present in lemon peel. The herb is used in Caribbean and manytypes of Asian cooking. The fresh stalks of lemon grass can be dippedin gravies. Dried grasses are less spicy, but can be powdered withother masalas. Lemon grass is used in perfume oils, savoury dishes andmeat, poultry, seafood, and vegetable curries. The grass is considereda diuretic, tonic and stimulant. Bhustrina or Sera are two common namesof the grass in India.