Yin Nourishing Dessert

pear

Today, I’d like to share with you a good food/fruit to eat during these few weeks which is – the pear! In my latest solar term post on Jing Zhe, I mentioned that it is recorded in 本草通玄 that pear has the properties of: “生吃清六腑之热,熟吃滋五脏之阴” It means:1. When eaten raw, it can clear heatiness in the body.2. When eaten cooked, it can nourish our Yin energy. Here is a simple recipe of cooked pear with white fungus that you can try at home! Ingredients (for 2 pax):1. Dried white fungus2. Pear3. Lotus seeds4. Dried longan5. Red dates Steps:1. Soak the white fungus for 1 to 2 hours, then tear them into smaller pieces. The smaller they are, the easier it is to achieve a softer texture. 2. Use a small knife to make a few slits on each of the red dates. This will give the red dates a softer texture after cooking. 3. Wash the pear and cut it into bite-sized pieces (with skin intact). 4. Cook the white fungus in water for 1.5 hours. 5. Add pear, lotus seeds, dried longan and red dates and cook for another 15 to 30 minutes. 6. This recipe does not require any sugar as the pear is a natural sweetener for the dessert! 🙂 Note:1. The longer you cook the pear (up to 30 minutes), the softer it gets and the more potent will be the Yin nourishing effect. 2: This dessert is especially suitable for people who are Yin deficient (people who have difficulty sleeping, almost always feeling thirsty, easily frustrated, palms, feet and chest area feeling hot all the time). Post-dietary review:If you experience indigestion or your stomach feels bloated after eating this dessert, it means that your spleen cannot take Yin nourishing stuff. In this case, you can eat some dried tangerine peel (ready-to-eat kind) to ease your symptoms. Moving forward, you can strengthen your spleen by consuming more spleen-boosting foods like Chinese yam, red dates and Si Shen soup. Hope you find this post useful!