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Autumn lotus root soup

The autumn hoarfrost ends (shuangjing, from October 23 to 24). The street roots of lotus flower glutinous rice began to be sold everywhere, and the sweet fragrance wafted far, far, even adding a touch of sweetness to the air…

I also have a dream about China. Every time this season, I like to make glutinous rice root lotus at home and steam it. The cooked lotus root is soft and sticky and the rice is sweet. I feel warm and cosy whenever I take a sip of the soup. I’m going to enjoy them!

You will need:

glutinous rice
lotus root
red dates
apple
sugar

Procedure:

Wash the glutinous rice, soak it in cold water overnight, and drain the getting up in the morning. Wash the lotus root with a steel ball brush to clean the silt on the surface and rinse it off under the faucet. The drained glutinous rice began to be put into the lotus root.

The process is not difficult to make, the only thing needed is patience, patiently putting the glutinous rice into the lotus root, and patiently for the water and fire to turn them into deliciousness slowly. Add lotus root to a pot, add water until it is submerged, and add the red dates. Add brown sugar, turn on the heat, bring to a boil, turn to low heat, and simmer for about 1 hour. Wash and cut the apples into pieces and add to the pot. Continue to simmer on low heat for about 40 minutes, until the lotus root is soft and glutinous, simmer for about 20 minutes. After cooling, cut and then serve.

Lotus root

clears heat and cools blood; is cold, has the effect of clearing heat and cooling blood, and can be used to treat febrile diseases; is sweet and more liquid, and is especially beneficial to those suffering from fever, thirst, epistaxis, hemoptysis, and bleeding. He is a unique fragrance, which has the effect of strengthening the spleen and stopping diarrhoea. It can increase appetite, promote digestion, and invigorate the middle. Lotus root has high nutritional value, is rich in trace elements such as iron and calcium, and is also rich in vegetable protein, vitamins and starch, which can naturally nourish qi and blood and strengthen human immunity.


Therefore, Chinese medicine calls it: “mainly filling the mind and nourishing the energy, stop bleeding and dispel blood stasis”. Lotus root contains a lot of tannins that have the effect of constricting blood vessels and can be used to stop bleeding. He can also cool blood and disperse the blood. Traditional Chinese medicine believes it stops bleeding without leaving blood stasis and is a good food therapy for fever.

It can be eaten raw, steamed, fried or stewed. Eating raw lotus root has a moisturizing effect, especially suitable for people with acne. The root is rich in cellulose, so if it is not mouldy, rotten or black, it is not necessary to throw it away. Lotus root will turn black after heating because it is rich in reducing substances such as vitamin C and iron, which will oxidize and darken when heated. When stewing roots for a long time, it is best to use ceramic or stainless steel utensils, avoid using iron and aluminium pots and try not to use iron knives to cut lotus roots to reduce oxidation.

Lotus root

is rich in vitamin C and crude fibre, which can not only help digestion, and prevent constipation, but also supply carbohydrates and trace elements needed by the human body, prevent arteriosclerosis, improve blood circulation, and be beneficial to health. It is generally recommended to eat lotus root 3 times a week. The best effect is to eat it for dinner.

Lotus root

can strengthen the spleen and stomach, and mothers eat more lotus root, which can clear the accumulated blood in the abdomen and promote the secretion of milk. Lotus root soup has the effect of relieving cough. Drinking the juice squeezed from the skin directly can treat severe cough. However, patients with low spleen and stomach digestive function, and gastric and duodenal ulcers should not eat lotus root. People with loose stools should not eat raw.

Da Zao (Jujube-red dates)

Property – Sweet, warm; spleen, stomach and heart meridians entered. Actions – Tonify qi, tonify spleen, nourish blood and induce tranquilization.
Indications
A. Spleen qi deficiency syndromes
B. Restlessness and insomnia due to heart deficiency
C. Blood deficiency syndromes

Apple

Sweet, cool; Effects – promote the secretion of body fluid and moisten the lung, relieve restlessness, stimulate appetite and dispel the effects of alcohol. Abdominal distension after a meal, diarrhoea due to spleen deficiency, insobriety and thirst due to inadequate fluid.

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