Pear and Watercress Soup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Pear and Watercress Soup

Serves 6
1 bunch of watercress
4 pears, sliced
3 ¾ cups chicken stock, preferably homemade OR vegetable stock (if vegetarian or if there is much heat and dryness present in patient)
½ yogurt
juice of 1 lime
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place two-thirds of the watercress leaves and all stems in a pan with the pears, stock, and a little seasoning. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Reserving some of the watercress leaves for the garnish, add the rest to the soup and immediately blend in a food processor until smooth.

Put the soup in a bowl and stir the cream and lime juice to mix the flavors thoroughly. Season again to taste. Pour all the soup back into the rinsed pan and reheat, stirring gently, until warmed through.

Serve in warm bowls with watercress garnish.

Watercress — cool, bitter; clears heat, quenches thirst, lubricates lungs, promotes diuresis; treats thirst, irritability, restlessness, dry sore throat, cough with yellow sputum.

Pear — cold, sweet; regenerates body fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, lubricates throat & LU, quenches thirst, promotes urination, detoxifies, dissolves mucus, stops cough; treats cough due to heat in the LU, excess mucus, irritability, thirst, dry throat, hoarse throat, retina pain, constipation, difficult urination, skin lesions, alcohol intoxication

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST

Vegetable stock — slightly more cooling and moistening than the chicken stock perhaps; substitute when the patient presents with more extreme heat and dryness.

Yogurt — neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, nourishes qi, xue & yin, lubricates dryness

Lime — cool, sour; regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst; treats sore throat, dry mouth, ST distention, cough

METAL IMBALANCE – LU HEAT (XU OR EXCESS)
*this recipe is overall cooling and moistening. Therefore use with caution in cool-damp conditions.