November 9, 2018
Fig soup to moisten the intestines and relieve constipation
A lot of people add in figs or candied dates in soup to increase sweetness but when is it appropriate to use fig vs candied date? It depends on your body type and what you are trying to achieve. Candied dates can relieve dryness and promote fluid production, and they are suitable for all body types. Figs can moisten the intestines and relieve constipation, promote breast milk production, making it suitable for those with constipation, indigestion and dry throat.
Both candied dates and figs are high in sugar content so those with diabetes should avoid.
If you are using dried figs, both the white or purple skinned ones are suitable. Note that dried figs that are overly white in color may have been bleached and may bring sourness to your soup. Be sure to choose a reputable place to buy from and try to choose ones that do not have additives.
Appropriately add in ingredients to nourish yin and relieve dryness such as snow fungus, polygonatum, glehnia root, dried scallops, conch, and lotus root.
Watercress soup with pear and polygonatum
Effects: nourishes yin, clears heat and relieves dryness. Alleviates dryness induced dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry stool.
Ingredients: 300g watercress, 2 pears, 1 carrot, 30g polygonatum, 3 figs
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Watercress is prone to small insects so soak in salt water for 20 minutes, then rinse again with regular water. Core pears and cut into large pieces. Peel carrot and cut into large pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2500ml of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1.5 hour. Add salt to taste.