There is a commercial I would like to see, or even an image flashed in the middle of prime time news these days.
The image I would like to see is this:
and then this:
And then a slogan, like this:
A Renkon (lotus root) a day keeps the Doctor away.
In this time of news about swine flu and ozone layer depletion, what can we do to lesson images of masks and injection needles and increase images of natural remedies from the earth that will help us tap into our energy and find ways to boost our immunities?
Drive away in this, the commercial might say, with some wheels painted on the lotus.
We are lucky to live in Japan, where you can buy renkon in most any produce section of a supermarket. Did you know that the flower above is the same plant as the root pictured here?
The lotus root is easy to cut and to cook. You simply slice it, and peel off the outer skin and can cook it in a simple broth of soy sauce, mirin, and dashi (soup stock; powdered instant is ok, just sprinkle in a teaspoon). The taste might surprise you. It’s crunchy and filling.
I want to make you hungry for renkon.*
*and other root vegetables too!
An informative link to lotus root can be found here:
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