Today is the 16th season of ‘autumn equinox’, two seasonal foods representing autumn

Today is the 16th season of ‘autumn equinox’, two seasonal foods representing autumn
Today is the 16th season of ‘autumn equinox’, two seasonal foods representing autumn

Today is the autumn equinox, one of the 24 solar terms, and the day and night are the same length. After the autumnal equinox, the length of the night becomes longer than that of the day, and autumn begins in earnest. Let’s take a look at the efficacy of two seasonal foods that represent autumn in the face of the autumn equinox.

The autumn equinox is the time when the agricultural harvest begins in earnest|Source: Getty Images Bank

‘New rice’ symbolizes the abundance of autumn

Autumn is the most delicious time of the year for rice. That’s because of the new rice. Fresh rice is hard and sticky, and the ratio of oil and water is right, so it is not only delicious but also very nutritious.

Rice consists of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, and is rich in vitamin B, vitamin E, dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, fat, and iron. New rice contains 10 times more nutrients than white rice, so it is excellent in preventing obesity, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and cancer-fighting effects. The reason that new rice is more nutritious than white rice is that, in general, rice breathes even after harvest, because nutrients are consumed in the process of respiration. For this reason, Donguibogam recommends eating rice within 3 days after milling.

The most delicious way to eat new rice is to cook it well. When washing rice, it is best to wash it under running water until the cloudy water disappears. However, it is necessary to prevent the rice germ, where the nutrients of rice are condensed, from falling off. Also, since rice needs to absorb enough water for steaming to work well, it is recommended to soak the rice in water for at least 30 minutes in summer and 1 hour in winter after washing. In addition, the appropriate amount of water for cooking rice is 1-1.1 times that of soaked rice.

Good ‘pear’ for the bronchi

Pear, one of the representative fruits of autumn, is good for bronchial health. The luteolin component of pears protects bronchial health, which is weakened during the changing seasons, and is very effective in preventing colds. In addition, since it is an alkaline food, the water content is close to 90%, and it is also good for fatigue recovery as it is rich in sugar and organic amino acids. In addition, the pear promotes the activity of the liver, helping to detoxify the alcohol remaining in the body the day after excessive drinking and to relieve a hangover.

Pears also serve as a natural digestive aid. It contains a large amount of digestive enzymes such as oxidase and invertase, so if you eat a pear as a dessert after overeating, it makes your bloated stomach comfortable, and in the long run, it improves digestion.

When choosing a pear, it is better to choose a pear that has a straight shape and a large size, has a clear color and has a lot of water in its flesh. When storing pears, you need to prevent the moisture from escaping to keep them fresh for a long time. For unpeeled pears, wrap each egg in newspaper, individually wrap in a plastic bag, and refrigerate. Put the leftover pears in a ziplock bag or plastic bag and put them in the fruit compartment of the refrigerator.

The article is in Korean

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