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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cinnamon & ginger tea with persimmons (Soojunggwa)












Cinnamon…common, comforting, homey. Who would have thought it could be so good for you? Cinnamon may improve Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
Ginger is most commonly known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. Ginger root is also used to treat nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness. Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, rheumatism and muscle spasms. Ginger's therapeutic properties effectively stimulate circulation of the blood, removing toxins from the body, cleansing the bowels and kidneys, and nourishing the skin

The dried persimmon has the effect of moistening lung and restraining cough, promoting secretion, moistening intestine
With all the good info on these 3 ingredients, how can i not make a pot and be happy that i will cure all my ills and aches with such a simple delicious drink. If only i had pine nuts to top my drink, then my drink in the picture would be more authentic



Ingredients:


10 cinnamon sticks

5-6 pieces ginger

10 cups water, 2 cups sugar

1/4 cup pine nuts

10 dried persimmons (gotgam)

Method:
In a big pot, add water, cinnamon sticks and ginger, let boil for about an hour or two.
Add sugar (depends on your taste, add more or less).
Let cool.
Put in a refrigerator.
Serve with a persimmon inside and some pine nuts on top


Serves

3 comments:

Nina of Brittany said...

Hello Lily

I discovered your site some weeks ago and have been following keenly ever since. All your recipes are yummy and they remind me of those that was cooked by my dear mum.
Also, I want to share with you that a daily intake of cinnamon powder helps to reduce the blood sugar levels and cholesterol too. Hope that's useful.
Anyway, keep up the good work and thank you for being there for all of us, especially for people like me who's still learning to cook everyday. I shall also be trying your pineapple tarts soon for CNY.

Mrs. Lee said...

Hi Lily, thanks for sharing, you're so adventurous on food !! Do you wash away all the white powder on your dried persimmons ? I did but months ago, I saw a Taiwan Chef said that that was the best part of the dried persimmons. From that day onwards I will not wash them away. Those are good fungus and that fungus cost dried persimmons so expensive !! Happy Winter Solstice ! That fall on 22nd Dec almost every year !!

lily ng said...

mrs lee

thanks for the info, i have heard of it, i do not wash but just rince them.

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