Red bean soup is both a popular snack and a sweet dessert soup. Azuki beans benefit the heart and aid digestion, relieves edema, invigorates blood circulation, promotes urination, and clears heat. Balancing the function of the Spleen and Stomach, tangerine peel, also called Mandarin peel, is helpful for balancing Qi, or vital energy. Tangerine peel’s warm essence helps to clear phlegm and eliminate dampness in the Stomach and upper abdominal area. Lotus seeds nourish and calm the Heart, strengthen the digestive organs, and benefits the Kidneys. Azuki beans, dried lotus seeds, and dried tangerine peel are commonly sold in plastic bags in Chinese or Asian markets.
1 cup of azuki (adzuki) beans
6 – 8 cups of water
1 strip of dried tangerine peel or fresh orange peel