Corn Soup with Bia Mu Ehr and Solomon Seal

Serves  6 – 8

Preparation:

7 cups of water
2-3 whole ears of fresh corn:  remove corn silk and set aside, cut kernels from cobs, scrape zest from cobs with back of knife or cleaver
put corn silk in a tea cage
2 carrots : chopped
1 or 1/2 of a leek :  greens only, sauted in olive oil

soak in water 10 minutes, then drain and discard water:
1 Bai mu ehr (Chinese white ear (tree) fungus:  break protrusions off
1/2 oz – 1 oz  yu zhu (Solomon’s seal:  polygonatum odoratum)  cut into small pieces

miso

Saute leeks in the bottom of a soup pot.  Add water.  Bring water to  boil and add corn zest and everything, but the corn. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add corn the last 5-10 minutes of simmering – carrots will be tender.  Remove corn silk.  Place 1/2 – 1 tsp of miso in the bottom of each bowl and add a bit of broth and dissolve miso with a small whisk.  Add  portions of soup to each bowl.  Serve soup warm.

Energetics:

Cleanses the Large Intestines’ walls.  Very relaxing and grounding.  Relaxes the mind, back/spine, sacrum, throat.  Clears sinuses.  Supports the Stomach when it’s overworked.  Energy support for the Spleen/Pancreas, Heart, Kidneys.  Lowers overactive blood pressure and blood sugar.  Increases bile production for the emulsion of fats in one’s diet.  Reduces edema.  Aids Blood and Qi circulation.  Blood tonic.

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