Our Drumstick Lemongrass (Sả Đùi Gà) is sweet and bright, with lush citrus overtones. The name is a translation of the Vietnamese, and it comes from the shape of the plant, which tapers from a wide base like a chicken leg. After being harvested, the lemongrass stalks are gently dried and ground into powder for maximum surface area (and convenience!).
The lemongrass powder can be used anywhere you'd use a stalk of lemongrass. Add just a little bit to marinades, soups, stews, stir-fries and sweets for a citrus perfume.
- Mix with soy sauce, garlic, ginger and a little bit of maple syrup for a chicken, seafood or veggie glaze
- Bloom in oil with dried herbs and diced veggies for broths and soups
- Add to shortbread cookies, lemon bars, spice cookies and other sweets
We worked with our longtime partners at DACE, a social enterprise in the northern highlands of Vietnam, to connect with the farmers growing the spices for this blend. DACE works with farmers in the Hmong ethnic minority to transition to growing high-value, heirloom spices using regenerative practices. Farming in the remote highlands of northern Vietnam is not easy. The region's mountainous landscape and climate aren't suitable for producing large food crops such as rice or corn. Growing spice varieties allows farmers to use traditional organic practices on small fields, which are irrigated by collected rain water.
Buffalo Ginger was the first crop that farmers began to grow in collaboration with DACE. The regional conditions and soil quality resulted in an intense, flavorful ginger perfect for dehydrating and grinding. DACE supplies training and seedlings to farmers and sterilizes, dries and grind the freshly harvested spices and prepares them for export. They control the quality of their products and provide meaningful economic opportunities from seedling to export.
DACE, named for the small, resilient river fish of the same name, plays an important role in partnering with local farmers to facilitate these economic opportunities, drive gender equality and move toward more sustainable agricultural practices.
In the photos, you can see Mrs. Ly Thi Dau holding a bundle of Drumstick Lemongrass and Mrs. Hoa, Mrs. Hau and Ms. My working in the lemongrass fields.