White fungus looks white or pale yellow, like coral in the water. It has a few common names being a silver ear or white wood ear. In ancient China, the white fungus is very healthful for middle and old-aged people, especially for people with lung disorders. Some of the quality white fungus in China is very expensive and young people give it to older people as a present on special occasions.
Health benefits of white fungus
In one of the ancient traditional Chinese medicine texts, Ben Cao Zai Xin, it is recorded that white fungus tastes sweet and goes to the lung channel. It can moisten and clear the lungs. It is very suitable for lung function deficiency (lung qi and lung yin) and the following people:
Someone who has a chronic cough and dry cough with no phlegm
Someone who has dry skin or constipation
Someone who smokes and has dry throat and dry cough. The white fungus can help reduce lung damage from the smoking.
Diet therapy textbooks also record that modern science understands white fungus can improve the body’s immune system. If you always catch colds and flu, it is also suitable for you to eat.
Soak 1 or 2 white fungus in water for 2 to 3 hours. Chop them into small pieces and remove the hard part in the middle. Place into a saucepan with a thumb-sized piece of rock sugar and 3 cups of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
If you cannot eat sugar please don’t use this recipe, or cook the white fungus without sugar.
Effects of this recipe: This is a very popular recipe in Chinese culture. It can help lung function, beautify and moisten skin. You can have it two times a week, especially in very dry or very hot weather.
Soak 1 or 2 white fungus in water for 2 to 3 hours. Chop them into small pieces and remove the hard part in the middle. Boil the white fungus together with chopped whole pear, including the pear seeds in 3 cups of water. Boil together and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the seeds before you drink the soup and eat the pear.
Effects of this recipe: Help to stop a dry cough, bowel movement, and balance lung function. You can have this two times a week.
Soak 1 or 2 white fungus in water for 2 to 3 hours. Chop them into small pieces and remove the hard part in the middle. Boil with three tablespoons of oats and three cups of water and simmer for 5 minutes. This can be part of your breakfast.
Effects of this recipe: strengthen lung function and help bowel movement.