Chayote for soothing respiratory tract

Chayote for soothing respiratory tract

Chayote for Soothing Respiratory Tract

Vicky Chan January 7, 2015


Chayote, also known as closing-palm gourd, is very popular in Chinese cuisine for making soups and stew. It is because the gourd is neutral in nature, mild in taste and is very soothing to the internal respiration tracts and lungs. Especially during the winter months when most people can easily catch cold or flu and ended up with prolong cough, dried mouth and throat, and lots of phlegm; a soothing chayote soup can help to get some relieve and speed up recovery.

Chayote is a good source of vitamin C. It is also widely grown in Mexico and Latin America. It is used mostly in cooked forms but can also be eaten raw in salads and salsas though the raw ones are often regarded as unpalatable and tough in texture. Whether chayote is eaten raw or cooked, the skin has to be peeled because it is slightly toxic. Here is an easy recipe that put together all the best ingredients to make a winter soothing soup for the whole family.

Chayote, Snow-ear Mushroom and Pork Soup

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Soothes throat and lungs, clears phlegm, promotes vital fluid, and lubricates skin. 

INGREDIENTS: (4 to 6 servings)

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  • Lean pork/pork with bone - 250gm (chopped into smaller pieces)
  • Chayote 合掌瓜 -  three
  • Carrot – 3 to 4
  • Snow-ear mushroom - 2
  • Ginger – 3 slices
  • Apricot kernel – one handful
  • Mandarin Peel – one piece (soaked with white tissue removed)
  • Honey dates蜜棗 – 4

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1.   Rinse pork and put in boiling water to cook for a few minutes, remove and rinse.

2.   Soak snow-ear mushroom for about 10 minutes, cut and remove stem at the bottom and separate mushroom into smaller pieces and rinse.

3.   Peel chayote, cut into halves, remove pit and cut into pieces. Peel carrot and cut into pieces. Rinse other ingredients.

4.   Bring half pot of water in a soup pot to boil and put in all ingredients to boil for about 15 minutes. Reduce heat and let it simmer for at least 2 hours.

5.   Add salt to serve and eat content with soup.

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No restriction. Suitable for the whole family.


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