Friday, January 17, 2014

Fruit and Vegetables to Beat the Winter Chill


Many people suffer from cold and flu in winter, but the right kinds of fruit, vegetables and tea can help restore your energy. Here nutritionist Moon In-young shares tips to make tasty energy boosters with them.

◆ Spring Onion and Citron for Fever

The white parts of spring onions contain allicin, which is effective for alleviating fever, sweating, stomach ache, headache, and diarrhea. Drinking slowly brewed root of spring onion is good for fever and flu, but it does not taste very nice.

Boiling the root on low heat for about 30 minutes removes the bitter taste and leaves the brew tasting sweet. Then add a honeyed Korean citrus fruit called yuja and boil for another 10 minutes. This way, even children will drink it without a problem.

◆ Bellflower Root and Quince for Sore Throat

Bellflower root clears the throat and removes phlegm thanks to bitter tasting saponin and inulin. This is one of the best natural remedies for a sore throat. Slice them thinly and boil them. But the bitter flavor may put people off. The solution is to put sliced bellflower root and quince in a glass jar with sugar and store it for a month to later simply add a few teaspoonfuls of it to hot water and drink.

Or a simpler way is to add tangerine peel or yuja when boiling bellflower root to sweeten the brew.

1. Bellflower root and quince tea; 2. Spring onion and citron tea; 3. Dried persimmon "latte"; 4. Radish tea; 5. Tangerine "latte"

◆ Dried Persimmon and Tangerine Marmalade for Chills

There is abundance of vitamin A and C in dried persimmon, which makes it a great remedy for flu and body aches. But their hard and chewy texture may be difficult for a sick person to swallow. A good idea is to make a "dried persimmon latte." Boil dried persimmons until they are fully softened and blitz them in a blender with warm milk. Adding honey or cinnamon will make it tastier. It can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and can be a meal replacement.

Another type of "latte" made with vitamin C-rich tangerine marmalade is also great for cold. It is simple to make. Just mix tangerine marmalade with milk. To make tangerine marmalade, blanch tangerines first and slice them before putting them in a jar and add oligosaccharide. Then keep it in the refrigerator for a week.

◆ Radish for Coughs

Radish is a great remedy for coughs as it is naturally rich in vitamin C and sinigrin in strengthening mucus membranes. Finely grate radish and mix it with sugar before keeping it in the refrigerator for a week, which will make the spicy flavor go away. Then squeeze the radish in a cotton cloth and mix it with hot water to make tea.

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