Friday, March 18, 2011

The Kudzu cure-all

Well it won't exactly cure everything - but this Japanese remedy can take down that sluggishness or hangover you might be feeling today from too much green beer. Pep yourself back up by drinking this simple brew.

Kudzu Tea

1 teaspoon Kudzu
1 C. cold water
1 Umeboshi plum
Shoyu (or tamari soy sauce)
Ginger (to make juice just grate a little on a fine grater. Take the gratings in your fingers and squeeze out a few drops of juice.)

Simply dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon of kudzu in 1 cup cold water. It will be easier if you dissolve it in some of the water and then add the rest. Then add 1/2 to a whole ume plum. (no ume plum? Use 1/2 teaspoon of the plum paste) Stir over med. heat until the liquid becomes more clear in color and it is okay if it comes to a boil. Add maybe 1/2 teaspoon of shoyu (or tamari soy sauce) and then turn off the heat. Add a little ginger juice and put it in a tea cup to drink. It will be too hot so just wait a few minutes.


aviva said...

This sounds great, are you talking about umeboshi pickled plums in this recipe? thanks!

aviva said...

this sound great! are you talking about the umeboshi pickled plums? thanks!

Susan Marque said...

Yes Aviva. I usually buy the organic Mitoku ones from my local Japanese market. They work wonders for so many things!

aviva said...

I've just purchased the Eden brand and they seem great. My only worry is how high they are in sodium, I'm tying the superhero diet from the kind diet and it says to be wary of sodium. Would you suggest soaking them? thanks!

Susan Marque said...

Aviva, I would need to do a coaching session with you to give you a better answer to your question. Everyone is different and sodium is an isolated element and not what good quality salt is exactly. Pure sodium chloride in the body can be harmful where as good quality sea salts are beneficial. They create very different reactions. It makes a big difference as to what you will get from your food by what it was made with...