With the onset of Fall and the recent wild fires on the West Coast, we have to pay particular attention to the energetics and health of the Lungs.
In both Chinese Medicine and Western medicine, our Lungs function best when they are moist and free of excess phlegm. Just as in nature, fire 🔥 and smoke are scorching and drying to our Lungs which can lead to symptoms like dry throat, coughing and difficulty breathing. The nature of Autumn is drying so it is also important to nourish fluids. Keeping our Lung energy healthy also supports our immune system via our Wei Qi (Defensive Qi) and our skin.
Asian pears (or any variety of pear) are a great way to nourish and support Lung health and replenish fluids. It's delish as is but you can also try steaming it with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon or ginger for a yummy nourishing treat. Eat the pear and save the steaming liquid for a refreshing drink.
You can also try this recipe from "Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen" for a baked Ginger Honey Pear. This dish is great for addressing dry throat, asthma, cough, and even upset stomach, or nausea.
2 medium-sized pears, peeled
2 TBS honey (raw, local is best)
2 TBS grated fresh ginger
3 TBS water (room temp or warm)
Preheat your oven to 350°F
Cut off the top third for each pear and set it aside. Cut out the core of the bottom part of the pear, making a hold but leaving the bottom and outside intact. Place the cut pears in a glass or ceramic dish.
In a small bowl, combine the honey, ginger, and water. Heat the mixture if needed to dissolve the honey.
Place the ginger mixture inside the cored pears. Replace the tops of each pear and brush the outside of the pear with the ginger mixture. Save the remaining sauce for later.
Baked the pear for 10 to 12 minutes, until they have begun to soften.
Take the pears out of the oven. Drizzle the remaining sauce over them and then return the pears to the oven.
Broil on a high setting for 3 to 5 minutes, until the glaze has caramelized.
Serve warm and enjoy!