Chinese Water Chestnut


Chinese Water Chestnut - for Lung Health

By Vicky Chan June 20, 2014

 

Water Chestnut

When I was growing up, Chinese water chestnut was one of the most popular street foods sold by food vendors. They are white in colour after the skin is peeled and sold strung together on a long stick. Most people and children like water chestnut during the hot summer because they are juicy, crunchy and very refreshing to eat and they have a delicate flavour and are mildly sweet in taste. It is best to eat them after being peeled and chilled in water (to prevent turning brown) in the fridge. It is definitely a much healthier alternative than other snacks such as lollypops or ice cream cones.

Chinese water chestnut is widely used in oriental cuisines. They can be sliced thinly to add to salads, stir-frys, vegetarian/meat stews or desserts. They can also be finely chopped and added to meat balls or stuffing to give it a softer texture and some crunchiness. Water chestnuts are ground into powder to make pudding, a popular dessert for dim sum lunch. The powder can also be used as thickener to add to soups, desserts, and sauces and glazes to give them a transparent look.

The healthful effects of water chestnut known to Chinese medicine are that they are cold in nature, sweet in taste and act on lungs and stomach. Water chestnuts can clear heat, relieve indigestion, promote urination, relieve hypertension, cure sore throat and hemorrhoids, stop coughing and clear phlegm. They are also effective in helping children to relieve skin rashes when having measles. Nowadays, water chestnut is found to be good for people wishing to lose weight because it has almost zero fat, releases water retention and is high in potassium. It is also used as a beauty food to promote better skin.

The following recipe is a common spring/summer drink for households with children. Modern children are eating too many highly processed foods such as chips, French fries, biscuits and baked goods which are causing their internal body systems

to have too much heat. The symptoms of overheating are indigestion, lack of appetite, constipation or difficulties in passing stools, skin rashes or acne eruptions. Together with the immense summer heat, foods with cooling properties are necessary to balance out the system and not become sick. This recipe can help to soothe and re-balance the internal condition and can be taken regularly without restrictions. For parents who want their children to maintain good health throughout the summer, keeping the drink handy in the fridge instead of soft drinks is the best approach. And children will love it too because it is sweet in taste and very refreshing, and they will feel good after drinking it.

You can easily find sugar cane already cut into short sections and conveniently packaged with the fresh imperatae root available for sale in the vegetable section of most Chinese super markets. If the fresh root is not available, you can just do without it. The root is for getting extra cooling and detoxifying effects.

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Sugar Cane & Water Chestnut Drink

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SYMPTOMS:

Skin rashes or having measles.

THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:

This recipe is for reducing internal heat and can help to alleviate pain during measles outbreak. It can also be used regularly to detoxify spleen, prevent rashes and for clearing internal heat during the spring and summer seasons.

INGREDIENTS:

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  • Fresh/Dried Rhizoma Imperatae 鮮茅根 – 60 gm (optional)
  • Carrot – 450 gm
  • Water chestnut – 300 gm
  • Sugar cane  – 500 gm

INSTRUCTION:

1.   Chop sugar cane into smaller pieces. Cut carrots into thin slices. Wash water chestnuts.  You can either keep or remove the skin as you wish and crush them open with the back of a knife. Rinse the fresh root.

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2.   Put all ingredients in a big soup pot with half full of water (about 3 liters) and cook over medium heat for one and a half hours to about 6 cups of water left.

3.   Strain and drink tea. The water chestnut can also be eaten if desire.

USAGE: 

Can be taken regularly for the whole family.

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