Serves 6 – 8
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
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.
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.