The Jamaican fever grass is a native of India and appears to migrated to the island with the influx of the Indians during the early 1900. The botanical name is Cymbopogon Citratus but also known throughout the world as lemon grass, citronella grass or Gavati Chaha among others.
Studies have shown that the fever grass has some anti cancer properties and it is widely revered in the holistic world. Jamaicans mainly use this gift from nature to make a tea which is normally consumed in the mornings as part of the breakfast. However, the Jamaican fever grass is great in soups, stews, curries and complements seafood well.
The Jamaican fever grass has a minty-citrus like flavor which is quite unique. It lends the delicate flavors unreservedly and indiscriminately. The uses are numerous ranging from preservatives, pesticides to flavoring. In the earlier days it was only cultivated in Jamaica for domestic purposes but now the world is clamoring for this gift from mother nature.