Lemongrass has become more readily available in Britain as Thai and Southeast Asian food has increased in popularity. It is a variety of grass with a bulbous base and thick stalks that taste like very sweet, mellow lemons.

Lemongrass is essential for Thai curry pastes and a lovely addition to stir-fries.

The stalks make fragrant skewers for minced prawns or chicken cooked on the barbecue. Mince the tender parts to strew over fresh tomatoes.