Spring Cleaning Soup

Spring is a time of waking up; of bursting forth into the world. Winter’s stillness is replaced by a surge of energy and action.  It’s also a time of clearing out any clutter that has accumulated over the cold, dark slower months of the year. We harness the season’s energy as we embark on spring cleaning projects that come more as instinct than as obligatory tasks.

Spring Cleaning Soup

With the probiotics of miso, the prebiotics and bitter flavor of burdock root, the nutrient density of nettles, and the circulatory support of ginger, this simple soup is nirvana for anybody ready for a gentle reset.  For the nettle tops and burdock, follow the same guidelines for wild-crafting from the recipe above, or purchase from your local farmer’s market or natural foods store.  While many herbalists suggest harvesting burdock in the fall, spring-dug burdock is generally more bitter making it an excellent liver tonic.

3 Cups Water
1 Cup (packed) Chopped Nettle Tops, stems removed (you may want to wear gloves while handling the nettles to avoid getting stung!)
¼ Cup Grated Burdock
1 Tsp Chopped Garlic
2 Tsp Grated Ginger
2 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil

Bring water to a boil on the stovetop.  Add nettles, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

Add burdock and garlic and simmer, covered, for another 3 minutes.n Remove from heat and add grated ginger and sesame oil.

In a small bowl, combine miso paste with ¼ cup of hot liquid from the soup, using a spoon or fork to fully incorporate the miso into the water.

Return the miso mixture to the soup pot. Stir well and serve.