In Chinese Medicine, we discourage the the consumption of too many raw foods as they can pose digestive problems for some people. In the summer heat, however, our systems can better handle the digestive requirements of some raw vegetables including the tomato which relieves dryness and thirst, builds yin fluids, purifies the blood and detoxifies the body in general.
What makes this condiment recipe all that much more special is the fact that one of my patients shared it with me. Thank- you Karine!
6 ripe, Italian tomatoes, diced or pulsed in the food processor for a few seconds.
1 can of pitted, black olives, chopped
3 strands of garlic flowers or 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. (Garlic flowers are pictured below.)
1 -2 tbs small capers
Add the following herbs to taste: Coriander, basil, thyme
Juice of ½ lime and or lemon
Toss all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and serve with wheat-free crackers or as an accompaniment to whitefish!