Food as Medicine: Sichuan Steamed Pear Dessert
This delicious recipe for the asian pear takes advantage of both quercetin and rutin which are flavonoids that help regulate the immune system. In addition to Asian pear, this recipe uses Sichuan fritillary bulb (Chuan Bei Mu) which helps treat various lung conditions such as severe coughing, asthma, bronchitis and more. Research conducted has shown that the compounds contained in the bulb are known to help inhibit the contraction of bronchial smooth muscles, decrease mucus secretions, and reduce swelling.
Immune Boosting Steamed Pear Dessert
We use this recipe all fall and winter to stave off respiratory issues. It can be consumed daily to help alleviate coughing. Please discuss the use of Chuan Bei Mu with your licensed Doctor of Chinese medicine if you are pregnant.
1 Asian pear
1/2 teaspoon of Chuan Bei Mu, processed into powder
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of local honey or Manuka honey
Water for steaming
Optional: golgi berries as garnish
Peel the Asian pear
Slice off the top 1/4 of the pear
With a small spoon or measuring spoon, scoop out the seeds and tough core but do not break into the bottom of the pear
Pour the powderized Chuan Bei Mu and honey into center of the pear
Secure the top of the pear back on
Place in a small heat safe bowl and into a steamer
Steam for 60 minutes
Serve 1 warm pear per person
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