WHAT IS LEMON GRASS PANDAN TEA?
Lemongrass, also called citronella, is a tall, stalky plant. It has a fresh, lemony aroma and a citrus flavour. It’s a common ingredient in Thai cooking and bug repellent. Lemongrass essential oil is used in aromatherapy to freshen the air, reduce stress, and uplift the mood.
Lemongrass is also used as a folk remedy to promote sleep, relieve pain, and boost immunity. One of the most popular ways to enjoy lemongrass is in tea.
The plant has long leaves that are similar to those of seagrasses. While an estimated 55 species of lemongrass exist, only the East Indian and West Indian varieties are suitable for use in cooking.
Pandan also called Pandanus is an aromatic plant prized for its sweet floral fragrance and versatility.
Its spiky leaves grow in fan shaped bunches and thrive in tropical climates. Certain varieties also bear fruits that look somewhat like red orange pinecones.
Lemongrass Pandan tea is a delicious and healthy drink made from the lemongrass and Pandan plant. It has a refreshing citrusy flavor that brings about a cooling and soothing effect that can help alleviate pain and anxiety and fight depression.
It can also lower cholesterol, boost oral health, prevent infections, and relieve bloating.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMON GRASS PANDAN
1. Fight against free radicals: Lemongrass contains several antioxidants, which can help scavenge free radicals in your body that may cause disease.
2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Lemongrass contains citral and geranial, which are thought to be responsible for many anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to prevent many diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
3. May reduce cancer risk: The citral in lemongrass is also thought to have potent anticancer abilities against some cancer cell lines.
4. Weight loss: Lemongrass tea is used as a detox tea to kick-start your metabolism and help you lose weight.
Avoid: Do not use it during pregnancy.
LEMON GRASS PANDAN TEA NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Minerals in lemongrass include calcium (3 mg), potassium (34 mg), manganese (0.2 mg), magnesium (2.9 mg), and iron (0.4 mg). Lemongrass also provides certain vitamins (in very small amounts), including vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and niacin.
Pandan is a rich source of beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. Pandan is also high in iron and is a good source of fibre.
WHAT DOES LEMON GRASS PANDAN TEA TASTE LIKE?
Lemongrass Pandan tea features a vibrant flavor profile with minty and lemony notes that are enhanced by a sharp finish. The tea is mildly sweet and features a lemony aroma. It can consumed as a hot drink or iced tea
HOW TO BREW LEMON GRASS PANDAN TEA
Water temperature: 90-100 degrees
Amount: 1 teaspoon of dried loose lemongrass & Pandan per 250 mL water
Steeping time: 2-4 minutes
Approx. refills: 2-4 times
WHAT CAN I DO WITH LEMONGRASS PANDAN TEA?
Popular ways to use lemongrass Pandan tea are to: add lime, green tea leaves, lemon juice, ginger roots, pandan leaves, sugar
LEMON GRASS PANDAN TEA FOOD PAIRINGS
Lemongrass Pandan tea is perfectly paired with food with coconut milk, chilli peppers, cucumber, pears etc
Pandan leaves are used as air refreshers by cab drivers in Vietnam.