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Season For Tanghulu (Sugar-Coated Haws On A Stick)

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  Shanzha, also known as hawthorn berries, are among the most commonly used fruits in Chinese medicine. Since ancient times they have been considered one of the best medicines for strengthening the spleen, promoting digestion, relieving food retention and quickening circulation.

 

  In Chinese medicine theory, the hawthorn berry is combined with other herbs to relieve indigestion, loss of appetite, infant diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pain and postpartum blood stasis. In addition to its medical benefits, the fruit has a sweet-and-sour taste that’s appealing to most people.

Sugar-Coated Haws On A Stick

 

  It's popularity in China has helped the hawthorn berry to find a place in many dishes and snacks. The most famous would be tanghulu, a candied kabob of the fruits.

 

  Tanghulu is an Old Beijing snack of candied hawthorn berries on a kabob stick. Today it is widely available in most Chinese cities. Although tanghulu is traditionally made only of hawthorn berries, in recent years, vendors have been experimenting with cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and grapes.

Sugar-Coated Haws On A Stick

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