Dried Coltsfoot Flower

Dried Coltsfoot Flower

 

 

Ingredient Name:  Dried Coltsflower, Tussilaginis Farfarae Flos, Dong Hua, Tussilago

Traditional Chinese Name: 冬花 (dōng huā)

What is this?

  • The flower is a perennial plant that reminds me of yellow dandelions or small sunflowers
  • When the leaves are dried it becomes a brownish-yellow texture
  • In the case of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the leaves are used, but sometimes the flowers and roots are used as well
  • This is also commonly used in western herbal supplements, all with the same usage of reducing coughs
  • This can be used in both teas and soups (although teas and Chinese herbal drinks more commonly)
  • Considered slightly warming ingredient

How do I prepare it?

  • No preparation needed other than storing in a dry, cool place

Where can I buy this?

  • In Asia, especially in Hong Kong, you can buy these at the wet marts, herbalists, dried food stalls (the ones that also sell dried red dates and fish maw)
  • They also come in prepackaged soup packs

What is the cost?

  • Very affordable, only a few dollars HKD for a handful

Any benefits?

  • Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help reduce coughs, remove phlegm, and moistens the lungs
  • It’s ideal for heaty bodies or yin deficiency
  • My Chinese herbalist recommends this when you’ve got the ends of a pesky cough that just won’t seem to go away, usually from the remnants of a cold

Any precautions?

  • Buy from a reputable source
  • Be sure to store in a dry, cool place as they can prone to spoiling in more humid weather

Dried Lily Flower

Ingredient Name: Dried lily flower

Traditional Chinese Name:  金針花 (jin zhen hua)

What is this?

  • This is literally the dried petals of lily flowers
  • When cooked into soups or stir-fried, it remains closed (as pictured above)
  • It has a spongy texture and an earthy, slightly sweet taste (similar to golden mushrooms)

How do I prepare it?

  • Soak in warm water for 30 minutes
  • Cut off any hardened ends
  • Rinse well before use

Where can I buy this?

  • Dried lily flowers can be purchased at almost all Asian dried food shops.

What is the cost?

  • The cost is very affordable.  The amount pictured above cost less than $2 CAD.

Any benefits?

  • Eating lily flowers is said to help relieve liver stagnation
  • Lily flower tea can help to moisten lungs and alleviate coughs

Any precautions?

  • None that we know of

Chrysanthemum (Dried)

Ingredient Name:  Chrysanthemums, Mums, Chrysanths

Traditional Chinese Name: 菊花 (jú huā)

What is this?

  • A perennial flower plant that has many variations (different colours such as white, pinks, yellows) in various shapes and sizes
  • First cultivated in China for herbal properties
  • Used in teas, drinks, desserts and various other Chinese dishes
  • Often purchased dried for consumption
  • Has a very distinct taste and scent

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water but don’t soak as this will start bringing out the flavours of the flower
  • Add immediately to boiling water or hot water for teas

Where can I buy this?

  • This is available in most Asian supermarkets as prepackages
  • Also available in Chinese herbals stores
  • You can purchase Chrysanthemum tea bags in Western Supermarkets

What is the cost

  • 1 medium-sized bag cost $6 HKD
  • Extremely affordable

Any benefits?

  • Said to be a cooling food
  • Can help reduce acne (cool the skin and body)
  • Aids in digestion and is often taken with meals
  • Also said to be be helpful in curing blood pressure, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, heart colic and arteriosclerosis

Any precautions?

  • Not be consumed by women who are pregnant – especially in first trimester as it’s a cooling food

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