The flavor associated with the lungs is pungent/spicy. That means, especially at this time of year when respiratory ailments run rampant, both too much or too little of this flavor can affect the health and proper functioning of the lungs.
During the winter months, it’s imperative to give the lungs the flavor it needs to function optimally otherwise you may likely suffer from respiratory trouble, nasal congestion, and/or excess phlegm. The sense organ associated with the lungs is the nose and the ability to smell and taste. The pungent and spicy flavor helps to clear the sinuses and stimulate the lungs into action. We can all witness the action of this flavor when we eat a spicy red radish or some green wasabi at a Japanese restaurant – those radishes will “open” your nasal and respiratory passages for sure!
Here’s a quick and easy radish recipe to help clear some congestion:
- 6-8 breakfast radishes, cleaned
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Sea Salt flakes
- 1 tbsp. cilantro
Bring water to a boil. Add sea salt. Drop radishes into the boiling water and blanch for 45-50 seconds. Remove from the water and let cool (or drop into an ice-bath). Whisk olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper. In a mixing bowl, toss radishes with dressing and garnish with cilantro and sea salt flakes.