An incredibly refreshing and soothing Chinese dessert prepared with freshly cut Asian pears, cinnamon and cloves. This light fruit dessert can be enjoyed as a ‘cooling’ tonic on hot days, or as a ‘warming’ soup during winter.
A tonifying dessert is way overdue for me! I’ve been rather over-indulgent lately with cakes and bakes, and eating plenty of pizza (home-made of course!), grilled satay, curries, fried fish and chips, and more of the same, so much so that my body has started to protest.
Feeling the onset of a dry and slightly sore throat and a nose that’s just making me sniffle a little too much, I quickly recalled that I had lots of Asian pears in my refrigerator and thought, what luck! Home remedy of steamed pears coming up! Not only are steamed pears as a natural remedy healthy and beneficial, they taste wonderful as well. Pear-fect for my moment of need!
Did you know…
It is widely accepted in traditional Chinese medicine that pears have a tonifying effect on our lung energy. This humble fruit also moisturises the body, promotes secretions of vital fluids and brings about a cooling effect on the body system. A generous helping of steamed pears is therefore an excellent remedy to help clear congested lungs, dryness in the respiratory system and over-heated chests.
I prepared this dessert of pears steamed with cinnamon and cloves, with a dash of brandy, to add additional layers of flavour. The cinnamon and cloves offer warming properties which are beneficial on cold weather days or during late autumn and winter seasons. On hot weather days, you can omit these spices and just enjoy this fruit steamed with rock sugar and drizzled over with honey. I particularly enjoy having these pears chilled till cold – it’s remarkably soothing and refreshing!
Some recipes call for honey to be steamed together with the sliced pears, but high temperature destroys the good bacteria in honey so I always have it drizzled over the fruit after it’s been steamed through. Honey is also very soothing for a dry or sore throat, so its pairing with steamed pears is truly beneficial. So when you’re next feeling a little worse for wear, do nourish your health with a generous serving of steamed pears!