Sunday, June 29, 2008

Black bean tea

The Hainanese community prefers drinking this tea as opposed to red date tea although the effects are similar.

Black bean is very rich in folic acid, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, potassium and phosphorus. It contains polyphenols that prevent formation of cholesterol from oxidation by free radicals.

Buy about 3 kgs of black beans.
Wash and fry the black beans in a dry wok
Transfer the fried beans into an airtight container

Once a day take one cupful of the beans and a large piece of old ginger.
Add to 3 liters boiling water and boil for about 10 minutes.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Add a little brown sugar if you like it sweet.
Strain the tea into a flask and drink warm throughout the day

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