Poached Pears in Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Poached Pears in Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup

Mary Wetterstrand – PCOM Chicago

6 Servings

10 cups water
1½ cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
8 slices fresh, unpeeled ginger, ~quarter size, smashed lightly with edge of knife
6 slightly under-ripe Bosc or Anjou pears
2 lemons

1. In a large pot, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. Heat until boiling, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 minutes.
2. Peel the pears and rub the outside with cut lemons to prevent them from turning brown.
3. Squeeze the juice form the lemons and add along with the pears to the cinnamon liquid. Heat until boiling, and then reduce the heat to low, so that the water barely boils. Cook uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pears are just tender. Poke the pears with a tip of a knife to test. Remove and place the pears in a bowl.
4. Transfer about 3 cups of the cooking liquid to a smaller saucepan- discard ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Heat until boiling, reduce heat to medium, and cook about 35 minutes, or until the liquid thickens slightly. It should be like syrup.
5. Arrange the pears in serving bowls and pour the cinnamon-ginger syrup on top to serve warm. To serve cold, pour the syrup over the pears in a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Pear= sweet, cold : LU, LI, ST : nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten LU, clear heat, resolve toxin
Sugar= sweet, neutral : LU, SP : supplement qi, moisten dryness, harmonize middle jiao
Cinnamon= pungent, sweet, warm : SP, ST, UB : invigorate yang, dispel cold, promote blood circulation, warm mingmen fire
Ginger= pungent, warm : LU, SP, ST : disperse interior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Lemon= cool, sour : LV, ST (?) : regenerate body fluids, harmonize ST, regulate qi, quench thirst

Although pears are generally cool, the addition of the cinnamon and ginger change the temperature to neutral or slightly warm. Serving the pears warm or chilled will enhance the temperature effect, and allows for some versatility as a refreshing summer or soothing cool weather dish. Overall, the properties of these foods would be good for treating an external invasion with cough (especially wind-cold with dry cough) and soothing the stomach.

>Consider adding clove for a more warming effect<<br />

From A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds