What is kuzu, this Japanese superfood?


In Japan, we prepare “the young leaves of the kuzu in salad, the flowers in fritters and the root is sprinkled on vegetables or tofu before frying to give them a crispy coating! » notes Flore Zurbach, marketing director at Lima (vegan and organic food brand). Easy to use, kuzu root serves as a gelling and thickening agent in the preparation of sauces, creams, soups and desserts without altering the taste, and as a replacement for industrial binders. It is diluted in a cold liquid which is added to a preparation at the end of cooking.


“The root of a vigorous climbing plant, native to Asia, kuzu has been used for more than two thousand years as a functional food to increase vitality,” enthuses Joana Andre Lopes, nutrition and health consultant at the Sha Wellness clinic. . A source of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium and phosphorus) excellent for treating colds, fevers and headaches. Its richness in flavonoids soothes gastrointestinal disorders and strengthens the digestive system.


A popular natural ally for relieving hangovers, kuzu also helps support alcohol or smoking cessation. Beneficial for neutralizing harmful free radicals, it is known to unload the liver and stabilize blood sugar levels and excessive acidity when combined with other foods. Finally, kuzu rich in isoflavones could relieve symptoms associated with menopause.

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A boost for the immune system, effective against colds and excesses. Dilute 1 tbsp. of kuzu powder in 1/2 cup of cold water. Finely chop 1 umeboshi plum, and heat it over medium heat with the kuzu. Stir until the liquid becomes clear. Add 1 tsp. teaspoon of hot tamari shoyu sauce.


A relaxing and digestive shot before going to bed. Dilute 1 tbsp. of kuzu powder in 1/2 cup of cold water. Heat 1/2 cup of sugar-free organic apple juice, without bringing to a boil. Add the kuzu, stirring constantly. Do not boil. As soon as the mixture thickens and becomes more translucent, remove from the heat. Drink.

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