Here she be. My super healing summer soup made with 95% local ingredients! I don’t care how hot it is, second only to a smoothie, there is nothing easier to make than a big pot of soup. I ate this for every meal for a good day and a half.
Now don’t go scooching down to the bottom to see what was in this soup. First let’s take a look at that secret ingredient.
That’s right. Burdock root. The plant itself looks like overgrown rhubarb. In it’s second year it sprouts up these long stalks that then get covered in those pesky burs. I harvested the above root fresh while I was up north at my cottage and didn’t I just feel like a bit of a dangerous breed as I trudged through the woods with a giant shovel fit for digging a big hole.
I dug out the root, washed it up, sliced it and there began my soup.
Why do I love burdock root? Let me count the ways.
- Burdock root contains high amounts of inulin and mucilage. This is a super combo for restoring digestive health!
- Contains polyacetylenes that have demonstrated anti-microbial activity.
- Other active constituents of Burdock roots include alkaloids, essential oil, flavonoids, glycosides, polyacetylenes, resin, tannins, and volatile oil.
- The burdock seeds are rich in vitamins A and B and essential fatty acids.
- Burdock has traditionally been used for a wide variety of conditions, including chronic skin ailments, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and cancer prevention.
Traditionally used as a blood purifier, burdock helps to clear the bloodstream of toxins. It promotes perspiration and the release of toxins from the body. Hmmm- perhaps a burdock root tea could also serve as an amazing smoothie base for a cleanse.
Feel free and easy to use whatever assortment of veggies you have. Here is my power soup
Burdock Root Soup
1/2 cup burdock root, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 broccoli stalks, coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 cup or 1/4 cauliflower, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fennel, sliced
2 beets, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 inches of fresh ginger root, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander, ground
2 tsp cumin seeds, ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
sea salt to taste
- Dump all ingredients into a pot
- Simmer for 30-45 mins
- Leave chunky or blend. I left half chunky and blended the other half to make it creamy.
Question Of The Day: What are your favourite summer soup ingredients?