Apple Pear Steamed with Honey [Soothe Sore Throats & Calm Coughs]
Apple Pear (also referred to Asian Pear, Asian Apple Pear and Japanese Apple Pears) can be steamed with honey to make a delicious tasting homemade sore throat and cough remedy.
You’ll want to add this recipe to your collection of natural cold remedies. It’s easy to make, requires few ingredients and may help soothe sore throat and temporarily calm a cough.
My acupuncturist told me about this little home remedy gem. If you’re like me and would rather try natural remedies for cold and cough before pulling out the over-the-counter medicine, you’ll love this recipe! I tried it during the last cold (with cough) that I had, and I can say that it temporarily relieved my cough so I could get some sleep. I made it once with ginger and once without. Adding ginger provides anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits.
APPLE PEAR RECIPE
You’ll need one Asian Apple Pear and two teaspoons of honey.
- Slice – slice about 1/4 of the top off of the pear.
- Core – remove the core and seeds of the pear.
- Add Honey – drizzle honey into the hollowed-out core.
- Replace the top – put the top back on the pear and place the whole pear in steamer basket.
- Steam – place a steamer basket in a saucepan filled with about 1-2 inches of water. The water should not come through the basket. Steam the pear for 20-30 minutes, or longer, depending on the size of your pear. The pear should be fork tender when done.
- Cool – let the pear cool a bit before eating. You’ll want to eat it while it’s still warm though.
- Eat – scoop out spoonfuls of soft pear flesh with the honeyed syrup and eat slowly to soothe your throat and calm your cough.
WHAT IS AN ASIAN PEAR
Asian pears are round and less sweet than the typical pears found at the market (such as Bartlett & Anjou). Their nutrition content is similar to the nutritional content found in apples. The Apple pear is crisp and juicy like an apple (and it’s eaten like an apple) but it has a slightly melon-like flavor. Asian pears have a low acid content and they’re considered a low allergy (hypoallergenic) food. They’re also one of the more easily digested fruits we can consume.
WHERE CAN I BUY APPLE PEARS
Apple pears (Asian pears) can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores and Japanese markets.
HOW TO PICK AN APPLE PEAR
Choose pears that are firm but not too firm. They should be free of bruises, mold, soft spots or puncture marks.
Asian pears are rich with vitamin C, vitamin K, antioxidants, copper and fiber. They’re touted for helping to detoxify the body (due to their high fiber and water content), rid the body of mucus, lubricate the throat, soothe sore throats and relieve coughs.
HONEY REMEDY FOR COUGH
Honey is rich with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It’s a natural cough suppressant (helping to reduce the severity of coughs) and helps coat the throat and soothe irritation. In one study, honey for cough, was the most beneficial remedy used to relieve cough and upper respiratory tract infection versus using over-the-couter cough medication. (1) (2) (3)
Honey alone with water can be used for nighttime cough relief. Add a teaspoon or two of honey to warm water to sip on to help relieve a nagging cough before bedtime.
IMMUNE BOOSTING RECIPES
Here are some of my favorite immune boosting recipes to make during cold and flu season:
- Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink – rich with vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
- Immune Boosting Whole Lemon Ice Cubes – lemon peel is rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
- Cold Fighting Citrus Ice Cubes – staying hydrated is important when we’re sick. These add a pop of flavor and some vitamin C and antioxidants to water and tea (hot or cold)
- Detox Honey Lemon Ginger Slices – these add flavor, vitamin C, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to water and tea (hot or cold)
- Immune Boosting Ginger Tea – rich with nutritional benefits, ginger tea is also touted for calming coughs
- Pineapple Ginger Cleansing Juice – apparently pineapple juice thins mucus
- Coconut Water Fruit Popsicles – great for adults and children to help stay hydrated and add vitamin C and electrolytes
- Immune Boosting Chicken Soup – is there anything better than chicken soup when we’re feeling under the weather
- French Potage – this is a pureed vegetable soup loaded with onions and garlic to sip on when there’s loss of appetite
- Immune Boosting Broccoli Soup – this is a nutrient-dense soup that’s pureed so it can easily be sipped when there’s loss of appetite
Disclaimer: Just a reminder, I’m neither a doctor or a nutritionist and I make no health claims. This post and all other posts on this site are for entertainment and informational purposes about healthy eating only and should not be considered medical advice. You can read my full disclaimer here.
- 1 Apple Pear (also referred to as Asian Pear)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled (optional)
- Fill large saucepan with 1-1/2 inches water.
- Heat water over medium-low heat.
- Insert steaming basket in saucepan, making sure water doesn't come through the basket.
- Rinse pear and slice about 1/4 of the top off of the pear.
- Remove the core and seeds of the pear.
- Drizzle 2 teaspoons honey into the hollowed-out core.
- Place the pear in the steaming basket and put the lid on the saucepan.
- Simmer for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your pear. Pear should be fork tender when done.
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