Chinese Lemongrass stems
Like all parts of the plant, the stems of Chinese lemongrass smell like lemon. The old stems have a thickness of 1.5 cm and are colored dark brown, and the young ones are more fragile, characterized by a yellowish tint. Residents of the Far East put the bark of lemongrass stalks in tea. Sometimes they also use it as a seasoning for pickles.
For drying purposes, the stems (young shoots) of lemongrass are cut and spread on a cloth or paper. Then they are dried for a few days in the shade, and then poured into paper bags and so stored.