In a large teapot, combine the lemon grass with about 6 cups of rapidly boiling, fresh water. Cover the teapot with a thick towel and allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes, or until very aromatic. Pour into teacups, sweeten and serve with a twist of lemon, if desired.
You can use the tough outer skins and upper stalks of the lemon grass for this aromatic tea, saving the tender inner stalk for slicing into stews, sautes, and soups.
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