Pears are a delightful sweet fruit enjoyed year round, and in the west, is often just seen as a healthy treat. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) however, pears are considered a major restorative food that is especially consumed during the cooler autumn season.
Pears are ‘cooling’ in its TCM nature, and are commonly consumed to help clear ‘heat’ in the body, whilst also moistening and clarifying phlegm from the lungs. In eastern culture, poached pears are regularly consumed in autumn to help strengthen the lungs, and to prevent or speed up the recovery of colds and coughs. The warm soup of poached pear is also very soothing for sore or dry throats.
As the season transitions from summer to autumn, try cooking this simple but delicious poached pear recipe, and help nourish your lungs to prevent or recover from a cold or cough.
- 1 Snow Pear
- Rock Sugar, to taste
- 20g of Goji Berries or Chinese Wolfberries
- 5-6 dried Red Dates
- Wash and peel the skin of the pear, and then dice into bite-sized cubes.
- Soak red dates in water for 15 minutes.
- Place red dates and diced pear into a pot with an appropriate amount of filtered water. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add rock sugar and goji berries and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Once rock sugar has dissolved, check to taste desired sweetness is reached, otherwise add more rock sugar.
- Once desired sweetness level is achieved, serve in a bowl and enjoy warm.