The Cherry on Top
Modern lifestyle advice with a Traditional Chinese Medicine twist
As we approach autumn equinox on September 23 the thought of harvest comes to mind, as does apples. They are known as Britain's favourite fruit for several reasons such as:
1. Packing a large amount of fibre with modest calories, making then a great snack in the day or evening.
2. They contain pre-biotic pectin which feeds our gut flora.
3. They have a slow release glycemic index (GI) of 38 which doesn't cause blood sugar to spike.
4. A Finnish study showed those who ate apples lowered their risk for type 2 diabetes due to the low GI count.
5. Apples are 86% water and provide hydration as part of your daily water intake.
6. An apple a day lowered the risks of cancer, in particular lung cancer.
So I guess the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away is true!
From a chinese medicine nutritional view, apples are cool in nature and have a slightly sour & sweet flavour. Apples support the 'Yin' of our organs. What does this mean? a person might experience palpitations & restlessness and hot flushes. Apples have the ability to moisten symptoms which are heating or dry. e.g. a dry cough.
Generally apples suit all conditions except for coldness in the body. They are truly a wonderful fruit.
You can find out more info at: http://greatbritishapples.co.uk/#whats-appleing
There are always crumbles, but as we enter the colder days maybe you could try this as a treat!
Apple Brandy Toddy - serves 2
360 ml of cider
1 tsp of honey
1 stick of cinnamon
100 ml of apple brandy of calvados
Heat ingredients in small saucepan for a few minutes, then pour over the apple brandy in heat proof mugs .
I hope everyone has had a great summer! It certainly has been tremendous weather. If your lucky enough to have a fig tree you may have an abundance to use up this weekend.
Figs are considered a neutral temperature in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terms with a sweet flavour.
What are there benefits? they nourish your energy (Qi) and the stomach & spleen (digestive organs) and blood as well as regulating the heart.
Enjoy them raw or cooked.
Try panfrying in butter with a bit brown sugar or maple syrup, just until carmel starts to form. Top with plain yoghurt.
100g light brown soft sugar
120ml apple cider vinegar
300g chopped fresh figs
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp flaky sea salt
Put all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer for 1 hr, uncovered, stirring occasionally until it gets sticky and jammy. Spoon into a clean Kilner jar. That’s it. You’re done.
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