Mandarine Orange Gummies, A Nutrient Dense Winter Treat

gummies“The three months of winter, they denote securing and storing…Go to bed early and rise late. You must wait for the sun to rise. Let the mind enter a state as if hidden, {as if shut in}, as if you had secret intentions, as if you had already made gains.” (Unschuld, Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Ch. 3 p.49.)

This passage is from an ancient Chinese medical classic called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Chinese Medicine”. The Yellow Emperor, Huang Di ruled in the middle of the third millenium. This ancient wisdom guides us to follow the energy of the seasons.  It gives us permission to hibernate, rest, consolidate, contract and slow down in winter, which is so contrary to our western cultural rhythms. It gives us permission to rest in what we have done and slow down our minds from trying to always create something new. It seems we all must be doing something, or we feel unproductive or useless.  Winter is a time for less social engagements.

It is also a time for deeply nourishing foods, that are slow and well cooked, warm and easy to digest. Foods that go deep such as roots, broths from bones, marrow and gelatin nourish us at our core.  Just as the plants have retracted their energy to their roots, so do we. “In winter the true qi of the depots descends into the kidneys the kidneys store the qi of the bones and of the marrow.” (Unshculd, Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Ch 18, p.307.) It is a good time to store up, so we have the force and vitality to expand into the spring and summer rays of the sun. Using seasonal ingredients is another way to align our bodies with nature’s rhythms.

Gummies are a deeply nourishing treat that are especially appropriate during the winter as our energy contracts deep into our body. The most important ingredient in gummies is gelatin, made from long simmered bones, marrow, and cartilage. Gelatin and bone broth are one of the most healing and easiest foods to digest, commonly thought of as convalescent food (hence jello given in hospitals).

I have been making these for my kids for some years, and it was always hit or miss, for I am just not a recipe follower. With the help of Nourished Kitchen (see her Glowing Ghost Gummies here http://nourishedkitchen.com/glowing-ghost-gummies/), I did follow the bones of this one and made my own creative additions and flavor adjustments. Gummies are the most satisfying treat I can give my children where I know I am supporting their healthy growth. They are loaded with grass fed gelatin (Great Lakes is my fave) and seasonal fruit and sometimes herb flavors. Gelatin contains high amounts of protein, amino acids, and collagen for strong bones, teeth, hair and nails.

In Chinese medicine gelatin is an essence, jing, tonic. Gelatin is what makes a good bone broth that makes it gel. In our own bodies, Jing is our bone marrow, our brain matter, the deepest part of our beings. It is the source of all of our vitality, emanating into yin, yang, qi and blood and spirit. From deep within, if our jing is strong then our spirit, shen, emanates with vitality.

Here is the recipe:

1/4c gelatin

1/2c water

1/2 cup fresh squeezed mandarine orange juice (I add the juice of 1-2 lemons as well, for my kids like it tart)

1/2 c  raw honey

1/2 tsp turmeric (for color and a little medicine!)

pinch of sea salt

Put your gelatin in a mixing bowl and pour on the water to soften the gelatin. Heat your juice, turmeric, salt and honey on low heat until honey is dissolved. Pour over gelatin, and stir stir stir. You can put your mix back over a very low flame on the stove to aid in the dissolving. You may have to strain out some of the lumps. I eat these gelatin globs because I know what’s good for me!  Nourished Kitchen suggests using a mixer. For me this aerates the gummies and changes them to a less pleasing texture. Pour into silicon molds or a square food storage container. Put in the fridge to chill. Takes about an hour. Pop em out of the molds, or cut into squares if you put in a food storage container. It makes between 25-30 gummies. And let your children have at them!

You will feel good as they gobble up this healthy treat knowing you are nourishing them deeply. This is a healthy treat for the elderly, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and it is beneficial for fertility enhancement. It is not advised to give raw honey to children under one years old.

Other seasonally appropriate flavors could be elderberry, rose hip, persimmon, quince, yerba santa. Allow your inner alchemist to create and concoct and I would love to hear what you come up with!

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Mandarine Orange Gummies, A Nutrient Dense Winter Treat

  • November 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm
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    Hi Anna,
    this is such a beautifully written article and fantastic recipe, I cannot wait to make it! I was wondering if I could quote your article briefly and put a link to your page here in the e-newsletter I send out in December? Thank you!

    Olivia

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    • December 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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      Olivia,
      Thank you for your feedback! I would be honored if you shared and linked this article in your newsletter. Share it with me when you do! Happy storage!

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  • February 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    hi anna! i have been making your gummy recipe the last couple months, such an amazing snack! some things i’ve experimented with:
    – making the 1/2 cup of water a steeped tea instead (get some more herbal benefits in there!). i’ve done lavendar and manzanita blossoms so far.
    – instead of mandarin juice i’ve done: blood orange, lemon, saffron, and ginger. makes an amazing color! i just made a batch by juicing carrots and fresh ginger, i think that will turn out great. the options are endless really.
    thank you for bringing these gummies over to rob and daniela’s and inspiring my latest snack craze!

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    • March 13, 2016 at 10:46 am
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      Maisie! Thank you for the inspiring recipes! I love your alchemical ways! I just tried kiwi and they did not gel. Not sure why….Have you tried kiwi? I have so many right now…

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