Also known as milk vetch, huang qi (or huangqi)

Astragalus (Huang Qi) has proven immune-boosting properties that you can easily add to many recipes. Traditional Chinese medicine recommends the use of astragalus to restore Qi (strength and vitality). The pleasant-tasting roots of the astragalus plant have brown skin and a light yellow interior. It can be found dried and already sliced for ready use. You can try growing this pretty fern-like perennial herb at home too, but you have to wait until it is over 2 years old to harvest the tap root. It’s best to harvest astragalus between 3-5 years old and in the autumn.10, 44

Astragalus and other Chinese herbs can be easily found online or at your local Asian market.

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