Sharon Lee

Dec 142011
Herb: Dried Lily Bulb

Lily bulb, 百合, is a health benefiting crispy edible root vegetable that grows from the Lily flowering plant. They provide protein, calcium and several other vitamins. As a Chinese herb, dried lily bulbs help relieve coughs, dry throats, clear heat, and calm the spirit to promote restful sleep. Lily bulbs should be wash thoroughly before cooking as sand are often trapped in between its fleshy layers. They are [Read More ...]

Dec 092011
Herb: Yu Zhu

Herb Name: Yu Zhu.  玉竹 (yù zhú ) (also called Solomon’s Seal Rhizome, Polygonatum Root, or Polygonatum Odoratum as the botanical name ) Description: Yu zhu is the dried edible rhizome of a Solomon’s Seal flowering plant that belongs to the lily family. The plant is commonly grown in shaded gardens around the world for its pretty arching [Read More...]

Dec 062011
Herb: Adenophora Root (Lady Bell Root)

Adenophora Root (沙參), also called Lady Bell Root or Nan Sha Shen, is grown throughout the mountains and lowlands of China, Japan, and Korea. It is an herb used to ease dry coughs, help expel yellow sticky phlegm, and to moisten the lung and throat. It has a cooling property and nourishes the yin. Those with a cold cough or have spleen deficiency should not use adenophora roots [Read More ...]

Dec 052011
Ingredient: Dried Figs

Dried fig is the soft and sweet edible fruit of the tropical ficus tree. Many varieties exist although the dried white fig (Chinese Dried Fig) is the type commonly used in Chinese cooking. Figs are one of the highest plant source of calcium and fiber. Dried figs also contain many other nutrients and antioxidants like flavonoids, and polyphenols. Some studies have suggested that dried figs can help fight cancer and reduce blood pressure. In Chinese medicine, dried fig is classified as a yin yang balanced food and known to moisten [Read More ...]

Dec 022011
Revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date Tea

This revitalizing Dong Quai and Red Date tea is a traditional recipe in Chinese food therapy. Although typically drank by women, it is consumed by men also. For women, this tea has been used for centuries to replenish the blood supply after a menstruation cycle or child birth. It is also used by Chinese women to relieve gynecological ailments, or menopausal symptoms. This recipe is so easy to make, with 3 simple steps that anyone can do at home [Read More ...]

Nov 302011
Herb: Dong Quai (Radix Angelica Sinensis)

Dong Quai is an important medicinal plant indigenous to China. Sold in pre-cut slices and whole root forms, this herb is used to relieve symptoms of gynecological conditions such as menstruation pain, recovery from childbirth, menopause, and fatigue / low vitality. Although dong quai is often used by women, this herb is also consumed by men. In Chinese medicine, dong quai is a mildly warming herb that nourishes the blood and invigorates blood circulation. It is believed to help regulate [Read More ...]

Nov 282011
Longan and Dried Figs Pork Soup

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a warm and wonderful holiday weekend! I enjoyed my time off with my husband eating and relaxing.  We also took a day hike at Mountain Diablo.  From the top of the summit there, at about 3,900 ft above sea level, we can see all the way to the [Read More...]

Nov 232011
Ingredient: Longan

Longan is an edible fruit related to the lychee, rambutan, maple, and horse chestnut. Its white translucent flesh is juicy and sweet with a light floral scent. Longan can be eaten raw as a fruit, or it can be dried and used in cooking. It contains minerals like riboflavin, potassium and copper. It is also a very good source of vitamin C. In Chinese medicine, longan is used to relieve insomnia and other ailments stemming from blood and qi deficiency. [Read More ...]