Winter melon soup

As the days get shorter and nights longer, nothing combats the changing of seasons like a homemade winter melon soup. Winter melon is believed to have cooling properties by the Chinese. It is understood to remove the excessive heat from the body that can lead to ailments and illness. Whether you are believer of Chinese medicine or not, winter melon is loaded with nutrients in a water-rich melon. It has vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin C, and is also a fantastic source of calcium and potassium.

The other great aspect to winter melon soup is that it’s very easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 oz. of cured ham, finely chopped or sliced
  • 4 dried scallops, shredded
  • 1/2 tablespoon of red wolfberries (otherwise known as gogi berries)
  • 1 slab or around 1 to 2-pounds of winter melon (at the grocery stores, they normally sell this pre-cut into a slab or wedge and shrink wrapped), chopped into cubes
  • 1 piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 sprigs of green onion, finely chopped
  • 1-cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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