Citronelle Tea from the Seychelles
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Pam Ritzau
Posted on: June 18, 2003

I am looking for Citronelle tea as drunk after dinner in the middle east and Seychelles Islands. I don’t think I could grow it here, so need a source for the tea. Appreciate your help if you can.

According the Seychelles Marketing Board, "citronelle tea" is made from lemongrass leaves. It is not clear which of several species of lemongrass is used but you could try both the East Indian and West Indian varieties. Both are possibilities because, despite the name, the West Indian form is widely grown in Asia; in fact, I suspect that the West Indian form is the more likely one. Richters carries plants and ready-to-use dried leaves of the West Indian form, but only seeds of the East Indian form.

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