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There are approximately 55 different varieties of lemon grass, which belongs to the family of sweetgrass plants. Lemon grass originates from South East Asia, Sri Lanka, India and Australia. The plant, also known as Citronella, is mainly preferred as a spice in the Asian cuisine. The dried plant is used in cut or ground form. However, the fresh stalk of the lemon grass has an extraordinary, slightly roselike and fresh lemon aroma with an exotic note of its own. The fresh or dried leaves are also used in tea blends, for a thirst-quenching effect. The most popular variety is imported from India, whereas in India itself the plant is mainly used for the production of cosmetics and perfumes.