Sunday, 2 July 2006

Common Root Vegetables

These are some of the common Root Vegetables that I usually use for making soup or stir-fry. You can easily find them in the locate supermarket or wet market. When you add these wonderful vegetables with some pork ribs or chicken drumsticks together with some herbs. You will have a pot of delicious homemade stew soup that everyone in the family will love.



Fresh Huai Shan(鲜淮山)
It tastes sweet and of neutral nature. It nourishes the lungs and kidneys, strengthens the spleens, stops diarrhea, uplifts the spirit and benefits Qi. Usually I used those Fresh Huai Shan instead of the dried type.

Fresh Lotus Root(莲藕)
Uncooked lotus root juice can clear heat and stop all internal bleeding; cooked lotus root can promote blood, treat women of anemia due to heavy menstruation, clear and improve energy.

Green Carrot/Green Radish(青萝卜)
Green Luobo (Qingluobo): A popular green variety in North China. Green flesh with green skin is crisp, less hot. High yielding. Good resistance to diseases as well as delicious and tender

Carrot(红萝卜)
Carrots can be eaten raw, whole, chopped or grated into salads for color, and are also often chopped and cooked in soups and stews. A well known dish is Carrots Julienne. One can also make carrot cake and carrot pudding. The greens are edible as a leaf vegetable, but are rarely eaten.

White Radish(白萝卜)
Other names are daikon radish, Japanese radish or winter radish. It is very low in calories. A 3 ounce serving contains only 18 calories and provides 34 percent of the RDA for vitamin C. Rich in vitamin C, daikon contains active enzymes that aid digestion, particularly of starchy foods. Select those that feel heavy and have lustrous skin and fresh leaves.
Here are some examples of soup using the above ingredients:

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