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I've made Borsch soup from many recipes, but this is the Best. This is an Eastern European soup, and its basic ingredient is beetroot.
The dish is wonderfully nutritious and good taken Cold in Summer or Warm in Winter.
Beetroot is neutral in terms of Yin and Yang, and is neither heating nor cooling.
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This site aims to explain Chinese medicine in English!
So if, bewildered, you have arrived here by chance and wonder what all this yin-yangery has to do with soup, skip this technical bit in italics and push on down the page until you get to the recipe, in my opinion the BEST borsch recipe around!
It is a good Blood tonic and therefore beneficial for you whether you are Yin or Yang deficient.
Beetroot also has a slightly downward action, which explains its use for constipation. This downward action also imparts a slight heat-clearing action, without being cold, so makes beetroot good for Yin-deficiency Heat type, or Heart and Spleen Blood deficient type, skin problems.
Of course, please don't think that one mouthful of it, or even one soup-bowl-full will solve all your health problems!
You might need more than just the one ...
I got this recipe via my mother who took me to stay with a very elderly aunt, whose companion was an equally old Hungarian, thought to have been a Countess in a former life, now fallen on hard times.
Whether she had been a Countess, or the cook to a Countess I never discovered, but this recipe is a Countess among Borsch recipes.
It contains all sorts of different things, but no sugar! The root vegetables combine to produce a greatly superior dish.
By the way, the fresh leaves of beetroot can be used in salads in summer or cooked like spinach in winter.
If you are Yin deficient, the time taken to prepare and make this soup is beneficial to your health, as long as you don't hurry.
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