In today’s edition of “I’ve become my mother 😱”, we’re making some Chinese Herbal Tea. Not just any Chinese Herbal Tea though, one I actually used to hate, LOLOL. So, growing up, I’d always get symptoms of “internal heat” according to my mom:
- Acne? Internal heat
- Sore throat? Internal heat
- Stomachache? Internal heat
- Coughing? Internal heat
That’s only scratching the surface, but the way it worked in my mom’s head was that everything unhealthy that I ate or drank would contribute to the internal heat and everything that I didn’t really enjoy helped to tone it down (and to her credit, this was verified by the TCM doc, much to my dismay, LOL).
Luo Han Guo was one that fell into the latter category, “good-for-you-things that I didn’t like” – it came in a green box and could be made instantly when you just added water. It was gross. That version had a funny taste, it was extremely potent and it actually had added sugar.
With a more recent sore throat, mom recommended this stuff (sigh) – but this time, she gave me the “grown up version” without the instant-access and added sugar. And it wasn’t bad! It still has a funny taste, but I think because I’m making it on my own, I can control the potency. (Hurray!)
- Luo han guo
- Crack the luo han guo in half with your hands.
- You’ll see the insides are naturally sectioned off – I’ll take about 3-4 seeds, its pith, a bit of the shell and toss it all into a pot. You can add more if you want it more potent – otherwise, place the unused portion in dry storage.
- Add about 8 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low-medium and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes to an hour, or until you get a dark-ish brown liquid.
- An hour might seem like a really long time, but when I use such a small piece of the fruit, that’s how long it takes for the gentle flavours to come out. You can also turn up the heat, but know that a lot of the liquid will boil away, if that’s the case – but it will have a more intense flavour.
- Again, I’m not a fan of the super strong, super sweet beverage, but by all means, use more of the fruit and boil it for a shorter time. I’ve seen some people recommend using 8 cups of water to 1 full cracked fruit!