Yummy! Start of Summer

Source: dahe.cn | 2023-05-06 16:02

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The traditional Chinese solar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Start of Summer, the 7th term of the year, begins on May 6 and ends on May 20 this year.



Start of Summer signals the transition of seasons. The temperature will rise quickly during this period, yet in northern China weather remains mild, not tropical.



The term Start of Summer was originated at the end of the Warring States Period (239 BC). Since it is a crucial time for the harvest of summer crops such as wheat and canola, ancient Chinese emperors in different dynasties attached great importance to the Start of Summer.



In ancient China, people believed a round egg symbolized a happy life and eating eggs on the day of Start of Summer was a prayer for good health. They put leftover tea into boiled water together with eggs and the original "tea egg" was created. Later people improved cooking methods and added spices to the eggs to make them taste delicious. Today tea egg has become a traditional snack in China.



According to traditional Chinese medicine, Start of Summer is a key time to moisten the heart. When the weather grows hotter dampness and heat can affect human health. Food rich in vitamins and cool in nature is highly recommended. Vegetables, such as cucumber, tomato, watercress and celery and fruits that include watermelon, pear and strawberry are top recommendations.

中医认为,立夏是养心的关键时期。随着天气越来越热,湿热会影响人们的身体健康,建议食用富含维生素和性凉的食物。黄瓜、西红柿、水田芥、芹菜、西瓜、梨、草莓等果蔬都是首选。(何蒙贺 杨佳欣)