When grass is greener on the other side

At the first look, it may seem as if knowing about grasses is as exciting as watching them grow.If your thoughts are along the same line, then I’m afraid  that you have misjudged these fabulous edible gifts of nature.  Let us embark on a journey to know more about our remarkable green friends!
Labeled Chrysopogon zizanioides as the scientific name,  ‘Vetiver’ is actually a Tamil word and can be translated to English as “ the root that is dug up”.
After cleaning the root of the grass well, it can be soaked in an earthen pot filled with water for about 4-5 hours. Its nutritional elements will ooze inside the water thus turning the drinking water medicinal. It’s as simple as that to obtain its nourishments!
Health Benefits:
Loaded with antioxidants, it is also a powerhouse of  minerals like iron, manganese, zinc and vitamins like B6 that can help boost blood circulation and can keep various eye diseases at bay. It also wards off urinary tract infections.
 Scutch grass:
 In Tamil it is popularly known as Arugampul. Bearing  Cynodon Dactylon as its scientific name,the full essence of the grass’s benefits can be derived by converting it into the juice or soup form and having it in an empty stomach.
Scutch grass juice recipe:
After washing the grass well, the cut pieces should be blended with half a teaspoon of pepper and cumin seeds. Strain the mixture liquified with 4 -5 cups of water. Add required amount of salt with little buttermilk.
Health Benefits:
Your stomach will simply love the alkaline properties of the juice as it lowers acidity in the stomach. Also, any gut infections and inflammations can be easily cured by having this juice regularly. It contains a powerful protein called the Cynodon Dactylon Protein Fractions which gives our immune system a boost thus keeping the various deadly diseases at bay.
Labeled as ‘Cymbopogon citratus’ as its scientific name, this remarkable grass has barbed wire grass, silky heads or Cochin grass as its other names.
Peeling the tough outer leaves can reveal the soft inner stalk which can be used in cooking. The bulb of the grass should be discarded. The lower part of the stalk can be sliced and blended for cooking purposes but the upper half, because of its woody nature and aromatic smell, can be reserved for enhancing the flavor of your dish.
Lemongrass rice recipe:
Add the woody stalks and grass slices to a cup of Basmati rice. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook it. The flavor of the grass can easily seep into the rice when pressure cooked.
Health benefits:
Lemongrass is a good cure for cough and fever. Diabetic individuals can also safely consume this grass. It can also be a nice remedy for the common cold.
A note of warning:
This grass consumption of Vetiver and Lemongrass should be avoided by pregnant and nursing mothers.
Three cheers to our green friends!