Herb Basics: Rose Hips

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| January/February 2001

Super Immune Soup

This healing, hearty soup is chock-full of medicinal mushrooms, herbs, grains, and vegetables that boost the immune system. As a tonic and to prevent colds, enjoy a cup once or twice a week.

To make the soup, fill a pot with 2 quarts of water, and add 5 to 7 astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) sticks, 1 medium reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom, 2 small shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms, and 1/2 cup soaked adzuki beans. Bring the water to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add 1/2 cup barley and simmer for another 20 minutes, then add any vegetables of your choice such as carrots, celery, cabbage, or chard, and garlic and onions. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, then add flavorings such as miso, spices, and soy sauce. You could also add a little diced tofu toward the end of the cooking time.

Store the soup in the refrigerator. Makes about 7 cups.

Source: Hobbs, Christopher. Medicinal Mushrooms. Loveland, Colorado: Botanica, 1996.

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