This weekend I had the pleasure of dining at Arirang, a Korean restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to my tasty meal and the receipt of attentive friendly service from the staff, they served a house tea that had a gentle roasted green tea flavor and was very soothing to drink. In fact, I loved this tea and could not get enough of it. Our waiter shared that the tea is called "Solomon's Seal" tea, contains no caffeine (despite its roasted green-tea-like flavor) and is made from the root of a plant. Happily, they sell little containers of the bulk root at the restaurant, so I bought some to try at home.
|Solomon's Seal root|
There happens to be a tremendous amount of information on the internet about this plant. It is purported to have dozens of medicinal properties. I like this simple summary of it, written by acupuncturist and herbalist Letha Hadady: "
|Take 6 or 7 pieces of the root...|
|And add to 1 liter (4 cups) of water...|
This tea has a nutty, earthy, satisfying aroma, and feels very soothing to drink. Another lovely gem that the earth has provided that may support health. Thank you Earth!
(all photos by Marnie Burkman)
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