'Souper' Comfort Food: Farmaroot 100% Natural Canadian Ginseng
December 27, 2020 Report
- Product: Farmaroot 100% Natural Canadian Ginseng
- Review: @HolisticJudith
I love making things in my old but very faithful slow cooker. I still dig the 1990’s baby blue colour, a wedding present from 25 years ago. Many a comfort food has emerged from the pot, the latest being an immune boosting, calming batch of chicken soup. This time there was a special ingredient: 100% natural ginseng.
This herb has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine but this ginseng is grown and hand-picked by Farmaroot in Ontario as this is the North American Panax Quinquefolius variety. A native plant in Canada, it offers many health-boosting properties. And calm, it offers calm! Who couldn’t use more of that these days?
Panax is not to be confused with Asian or Siberian ginseng that offer the total opposite effect. Panax is considered an adaptogen, meaning it helps our body adapt to stressors (physical, mental) that bombard us by supporting balance and stability. It gives our immune system and neurocognitive functions a real boost, as well as helps reduce fatigue and anxiety. It also offers protection from free radicals and keeps blood pressure regulated.
I didn’t exactly follow a recipe for the soup. The slow cooker is a great appliance to use when cleaning out the refrigerator and adding whatever is on hand or needs to be used up.
This is my rough recipe:
- 1 whole chicken (3 lbs or so)
- 2-3 tsp crushed garlic (I LOVE garlic)
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 sliced carrots
- 1 generous tsp Herbes de Provence
- 2 medium whole ginseng roots
- 2” sliced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 4 cups water + 4 cups chicken stock
My slow cooker is fast and hot, so vary yours accordingly. (I went on high for about 4 hours.) Once done, I am meticulous about what chicken gets included – clean, no weird bits of meat. I removed the chicken and diced away, adding the good chunks back into the pot. I then removed the ginseng, now softened, and sliced into about 2 TBS of thin slivers and added it back into the soup. From there, I used a ladle to spoon into mason jars. Freestyle yours for all your favourite tastes, but don't forget the powerhouse ginseng ingredient!
I love curling up with a bowl of chicken soup, especially on a dreary cold day - talk about healthy comfort food! Souper!