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The custom of Xiaohan eating mutton

Xiaohan is one of the 24 solar terms, indicating the arrival of the coldest time of the year. In ancient times, people attached great importance to this solar term, because it was necessary to keep warm. The ancients did not have modern heating equipment such as air conditioning and heating, so they used clothing, firewood and food to ensure that their bodies would not be frozen. The ancients were very good at how to eat and what to eat in the cold season. Among them, mutton is the food they often eat to keep warm in the cold season. Let's learn about the benefits and effects of eating mutton in Xiaohan solar term.

The custom of eating mutton

slight cold

It's the coldest time of the year when people are vulnerable to the wind and cold. The fastest and most effective way to resist the cold is not a cotton padded clothes, but a bowl of steaming mutton soup. Mutton is the most cost-effective of warm food. If you use mutton and some angelica, yam and carrot to cook together, plus scallion and ginger for seasoning, it is recommended to eat it once a week, not only won't be on fire, but also can live a warm winter.

"Compendium of Materia Medica" describes the function of mutton: "it can warm the middle and nourish the deficiency, nourish the middle and replenish the Qi, appetizer and keep fit, nourish the kidney qi, nourish the gall and brighten the eyes, cure the deficiency, fatigue and cold, five labors and seven injuries".

From the perspective of modern nutrition, mutton belongs to animal meat, which is rich in protein, lipid, vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other minerals. The protein content of mutton is about 20%, its amino acid composition is close to human needs, and its nutritional value is high. The protein content of mutton is higher than that of pork, and the fat content is lower than that of pork. Iron in mutton is mainly in the form of heme, which has a high bioavailability. Eating some mutton liver often helps to prevent iron deficiency anemia. In addition to the rich protein and lipid, the content of vitamin A, B group vitamins and iron is also very high. The content of vitamin A in every 100 grams of mutton liver can reach more than 20000 micrograms. Regular eating of mutton liver can prevent the lack of micronutrients and increase the ability to resist diseases.

There are many ways to eat mutton, including fried, roasted, stewed, boiled, fried, stewed, etc. The famous ways of eating include stir fried mutton with scallion, sesame mutton, stewed mutton, braised mutton, stir fried roast mutton, hand scratched mutton, instant boiled mutton, mutton soup, etc. At the same time of stewing mutton, it can be stewed with radish, yam, chestnut and walnut, which will be more nutritious. When making mutton, onion, ginger and other seasonings are indispensable, which can remove the smell of mutton and increase the fresh flavor of mutton.

Stewed mutton with carrot

slight cold

Material Science

One carrot, 900g mutton, 3500 ml water, cooking wine, scallion cutting, ginger slices, proper salt, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, proper white pepper, one pepper material bag


1. Wash and drain the carrot and mutton, and cut the carrot and mutton into pieces for use

2. Blanch the mutton in boiling water and drain

3. In the oil pan, put in some salad oil, put the mutton into the fire and fry quickly until the color turns white

4. Put water and other seasonings (except sesame oil, white pepper and salt) into the pot and boil them over high heat (I'll use the casserole instead). Cook in low heat for about 1 hour

5. Add carrots and simmer for half an hour. Season with salt, pepper and sesame oil

6. Like to eat coriander and onion, when eating coriander and onion powder. Don't put anything you don't like

The taboo of eating mutton in Xiaohan solar term

slight cold

Mutton + pumpkin: two tonics at the same time, make the stomach qi blocked

Lamb + pea seedling: prone to jaundice and beriberi

Mutton + pumpkin seed: may cause abdominal distension, chest tightness and other diseases.

Mutton + Pinellia: eating together affects the absorption of nutrients

Mutton + conch: diarrhea

Mutton + watermelon: hurting vitality

Mutton + tea: prone to constipation

Mutton + bean paste: the two functions are opposite, so they should not be eaten together

Mutton + dried vegetables: eat together to cause chest distress

Mutton + pomfret: affecting nutrient absorption

Mutton + Chestnut: both are not easy to digest, so it is not suitable to stew and stir fry them together, or even to eat them together may cause vomiting

Mutton + cheese: the two functions are opposite, so they should not be eaten together

Lamb + lily: diarrhea

Mutton + adzuki bean: poisoning caused by the same food

Mutton + vinegar: mutton is extremely hot, with functions of nourishing qi and tonifying deficiency; vinegar contains protein, sugar, vitamin, acetic acid and a variety of organic acids, which are warm, swelling and blood circulation reducing, should be combined with cold food, not suitable for mutton

Mutton + Polygonum multiflorum: unwell

Mutton + bamboo shoot: if eaten together, it will cause poisoning and can be treated with ground water