Mild food is the best choice for this season. According to traditional Chinese medicine, autumn is a season to balance the body, which requires additional water and moisture elements after the hot wet summer.
Consuming pears, radish, honeydew, dates, lotus seeds and grapes are very good ways of nurturing a dry body.
It is also possible to cook some nutritious porridge at home.
Prepare 5 grams of tremella and 100 grams of clean rice. Soak the tremella in water for several hours. Then cook the tremella and rice in some water until the tremella is soft. Add several drops of honeydew or crystal sugar to the porridge.
Prepare 10 grams of fresh lotus and cut into pieces. Cook the lotus with 50 grams of rice until the lotus is soft. Add some honeydew and dry osmanthus flowers to make the porridge sweeter.
(Shanghai Star October 11, 2002)