9.29.2012

Got a Cough? Have a Pear!

In Traditional Chinese Medicine we know that the Fall can be a really drying time for the Lungs. This can lead to a hacking, dry cough, a scratchy throat, and dry skin. A simple solution is to have a pear! Asian Pears are very cooling and are great at moistening the Lungs.

Whether your throat is feeling a little dry and scratchy OR you're craving a Fall treat (maybe with ice cream?) - these recipes for steamed Asian Pears are for you!


Simple Recipe

Slice up a nearly ripe Asian Pear and steam for 10 minutes, covered. Drizzle with honey.

Fancy Recipe 

Steamed Pears with Dates, Honey, and Cinnamon by Nina Simonds

Ingredients
6 nearly ripe Asian pears
2 lemons
6 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons "southern" Chinese almonds or apricot or olive kernels (often labeled "apricot kernels" or "olive kernels" in Asian markets)

Instructions 
1. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear so that it will stand upright. Peel the pears and rub the surface with a cut lemon half to prevent them from turning brown. Cut the top squarely off each pear, slicing about 2 inches from the top, and with a melon baler or spoon, carefully remove the core and seeds. Do not cut through to the bottom of the pear. Reserve the tops.

2. Arrange the pears on a pie plate or some kind of a heatproof plate. Spoon a tablespoon of the honey into each pear and sprinkle some of the almonds on top. Place the reserved tops on the pears, if necessary securing them with toothpicks. Place the plate in a steamer tray if using.

3. Fill a wok or large pot with enough water to reach the bottom of the steamer tray and bring to a boil.

4. Cover and steam 40 to 45 minutes, or until the fruit is tender when pierced with a knife. Serve the Asian pears warm, at room temperature or cold.


Watch the Video for step-by-step instructions.