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RECIPE OF THE MONTH: April 2018
Spring has arrived at last here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Here at Great Eastern Sun, we enjoy organic gardening, cooking with the seasons and shopping at our local tailgate markets. As the weather warms, we switch out warming vegetable soups with more pasta and veggie dishes such as this "Udon Salad" our Recipe of the Month for April made with our tasty Organic Planet Traditional Whole Wheat Udon noodles.
This tasty Udon Salad is tossed with a delicious dressing made with our handcrafted, Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: March 2018
Enjoy this delicious Sweet and Sour Sauce over your favorite stir-fry, Asian-style pasta or rice dishes! This tasty classic sauce features two of our Emperor’s Kitchen customer favorites, our Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Kuzu, and Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Pureed Ginger. Our Sweet Cloud Organic Brown Rice Syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Emperor's Kitchen Organic Kuzu
Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Kuzu is harvested and processed in the labor-intensive traditional way, which takes place beginning in December when the roots are swollen with starch. The roots are dug by hand, the starch is separated from the fibrous roots by repeated washing and straining, and the resulting mash is air-dried for sixty days. Kuzu is used much like cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken gravies and sauces, naturally. USDA Organic | Non-GMO
Kuzu's Healing Power
Kuzu has been used in East Asia as an important medicine in traditional pharmacopeia for more than 2,000 years. The starch that makes kuzu such an outstanding jelling and thickening agent in cooking is partly responsible for its medicinal action. Some of kuzu’s complex starch molecules enter the intestines and relieve the discomfort caused by overacidity, bacterial infection, and, in the case of diarrhea, excess water.
In many instances of abdominal aches and intestinal irritation, a cup of simple kuzu cream (kuzu with umeboshi paste, shoyu, and fresh ginger juice) brings quick relief, particularly with children, who often do not like the taste of over-the-counter medications. Kuzu cream is also very useful against colds, stomach cramps, diarrhea, neutralizing stomach acidity, and relaxing tight muscles.
Kuzu also contains a very high concentration of flavonoids, powerful natural antioxidants, which contribute to this plant’s strong medicinal effect on digestive and circulatory ailments. Flavonoids also inhibit the contraction of smooth muscle tissue, thereby increasing blood flow and relieving cramping in the intestines.
The medicinal effects of kuzu’s flavonoids were proven during numerous clinical studies in China in the 1970’s. These published studies showed that crude kuzu root preparations or their extracted flavonoids, given as injections or taken orally, Researchers also report that flavonoids lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of forming blood clots, protect the heart against cardiovascular disease, and protect the brain by dilating cerebral microvessels to increase blood flow. reduce high blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, and relieve chronic migraine headaches.
Like some soy foods such as miso, kuzu root contains high concentrations of phytoestrogens, plant biochemicals that can influence the hormonal system. Kuzu’s capacity to regulate estrogen levels in mammals was demonstrated at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo, Japan, where tests showed that kuzu could prevent the bone loss induced by estrogen deficiency. Scientists involved in the study stated, “Kuzu root may represent a potential alternative medicine for hormone replacement therapy in the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.”
INTERESTING ARTICLES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KUZU / KUDZU
The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South Smithsonian Magazine >
Did You Know You Can Eat Kudzu Kitchn >
Arrowroot and Kudzu ~ What's the Difference? Veg Family >
Benefits of Kudzu Isoflavones LIVESTRONG >
This Root May Be the Key to Natural Anxiety Relief Organic Authority >
Kudzu Flower Jelly Southern Forager >
Vegan Pie Fillings KCRW Blog >
Kudzu Takes Root in Southern Culture Our State Magazine >
" In 2009, researchers found that compounds called isoflavones in the kudzu root could help control diabetes by helping to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. Folk herbalists have long claimed kudzu as a remedy for alcoholism and hangovers and scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have investigated the kudzu compound puerarin as a potential treatment for alcohol problems."
Sweet Valentine Treat with Miso!
Many miso fans might be surprised to learn that miso is a popular ingredient in desserts and tasty treats like our Recipe of the Month, Miso Chocolate Truffles! Miso adds that perfect balancing touch to tone the sweetness of these delectable little gems.
In Melissa Clark's interview "From Matcha to Miso, 7 Japanese Ingredients You Can Add to Desserts", Kyotofu author, Nicole Bermensolo shares just how to incorporate this unique "umami" ingredient to desserts. In this interview, Melissa asks Nicole, "I've had miso soup, and it's a very savory flavor. How do you use that in a dessert?" and Nicole shared, "Miso is great. It's one of my favorite ingredients of all-time. The reason that I like it so much is because it's salty and it can be used as a salt replacer. But it has all kinds of interesting flavor dimensions to it. It has the umami, it has the butteriness, a little bit of nuttiness. When you add it to something that goes well with something kind of salty and savory like chocolate or caramel, miso just adds this whole other dimension that you don't get with just straight salt."
So, yes! Miso can be used in desserts and you can try our Miso Chocolate Truffles ~ Recipe of the Month to test using our, low-sodium Miso Master Organic Sweet White Miso. Hope that you enjoy a sweet Valentine's Day!
Miso Chocolate Truffles Printable Recipe of the Month >
Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Shiro-an Cream
by Nicole Bermensolo on The Spendid Table website >
WIN FREE MISO MASTER MISO!
We love giveaways! It's fun to spotlight some of our awesome organic and natural brands and products that we're so proud of, especially our American-made, organic Miso Master Miso. If you would like to read our Miso Master story, check out our new "Miso Master Miso Heritage" story on Facebook.
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The winner will also receive a copy of The Miso Cookbook by John & Jan Belleme and an American-made Glass Miso Mug!
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BRU Broth with Miso Master Organic Chickpea Miso
It's always super exciting to see other brands using some of our organic products as ingredients in their products! The creative makers of BRU Broth (the 1st Organic Cold Pressed Bone Broth Beverage) have added the goodness of fresh pressed superfoods to their tasty organic bone broths and including our organic, soy-free, Miso Master Chickpea Miso! to three of their six tasty BRU broths.
Here at Great Eastern Sun we're proud to offer a large variety of healthy, organic, traditional, and macrobiotic foods,
including Miso Master American Made Miso, Emerald Cove Sea Vegetables, Emperor's Kitchen and Sushi Sonic Asian condiments, Mother India Organics traditional Indian meals, Organic Planet Organic Noodles, Haiku Organic Japanese and One World Black Teas.
We also want to be a source for you to learn more about the benefits and how to prepare all the natural and organic foods and ingredients that we offer through our Great Eastern Sun's Healthy Table blog. We hope that you enjoy in good health!
Autumn has arrived here in the mountains of Western North Carolina with all its beauty of the changing leaves, cool air and pumpkins.
Preparing Haiku Japanese
Organic Sencha Tea