Turnips, pears, and ginger are must-have foods in the winter. What makes this odd trio an effective combination during the cold winter months?
Turnips aids in digestion, strengthen your immune system, increases your energy, and help prevent cold and flu. Turnips can be consumed both raw and cooked. To eat them raw, cut turnips and carrots into thin slices, and simply add some salt and sesame oil. Its a healthy appetizer with some red wine. You can also make turnip soup with pork rib. Simply boil water, add the pork rib, and simmer for an hour until soft. Next, add some sliced potato, celery, turnip, and season to taste.
Pears can help to clear the lungs and help stop coughing, but the energy nature of pears is cold, so they must be prepared differently for different people. If someone has too much hotness and restlessness within their body, they should eat uncooked pears. However, if someone is weak in their body or elderly, cooked pears are especially helpful for lung inflammation and a cough.
A hot ginger drink can warm up the body instantly. Ginger can also help with a cold or flu. If you feel a cold or flu coming on, cut ginger into slices and put them into boiling water with red dates for about 30 minutes. The hotness of ginger combined with sweetness of red dates will make you feel better. You can also boil ginger in water to use as a rinse for your hair, or chew ginger if you feel sick while on a boat or plane.
Among the many benefits noted above, turnips, pears, and ginger are also inexpensive, loaded with nutrients, and readily available in the supermarket during the long winter months!
Translated by Cecilia.