Every 5 days is a phenology, every 15 days is a solar term. eat accordingly.
Seasonal Points 節氣
Beginning of Spring | 02.04 - 02.18 As its name suggests, Beginning of Spring lifts the curtain of winter for spring. After that everything turns green and full of vigor; people clearly see that the daytime becomes longer and the weather warms. Rain Water | 02.19 - 03.05 Rain Water signals the increase in rainfall and rise in temperature. With its arrival, lively scenery starts blossoming: the river water unfreezes, wild geese move back from the south to north, and trees and grass turn green again. Insects Awakening | 03.06 - 03.20 Insects Awakening alludes to the fact that winters’ sleeping insects and animals are awakened by spring thunder. It is the key time for spring agricultural activities.
Spring Equinox | 03.21 - 04.04 On the day of the Spring Equinox, sun is directly above the equator. After the day, the sun moves northward, resulting in gradually longer day time in the Northern Hemisphere and longer night in the Southern Hemisphere. Clear and Bright | 04.05 - 04.19 Fresh Green is also a traditional Chinese festival - Tomb-Sweeping Day. From that day on, temperature continues to rise and rainfall increases, making it a crucial time for plowing and sowing in the spring. Grain Rain | 04.20 - 05.04 Grain Rain originates from the saying that goes "rain brings up the growth of hundreds of grains," which shows that this period of rainfall is extremely important for the growth of crops
Spring Dietary Key Words:
Liver-facilitating (NOT tonifying) friendly foods
Sweet/Light flavors are recommended
Yang & uprising foods
QIng Ming (Fresh Green, Clear Bright)
We are currently in the solar term Qing Ming. Commonly translated as Clear and Bright or Fresh Green (Chinese: 清明), the 5th solar term, starts this year on Apr 5 and ends on Apr 20.
Spring Equinox, the fourth solar term of the Chinese lunar calendar, starts on March 20 and ends on April 3 this year. And for the climate variation from year to year, we are ending the 1st Qi of Renyin and at the start of 2nd Qi of this year (3/20/2022-5/20/2022).
Garlic chives 韭菜、韭菜炒雞蛋
In TCM, garlic chives are considered a yang-strengthening grass, meaning they reinforce interior male and warm elements. Yang-strengthening food helps balance deficient and excessive energy, especially for those who suffer yang weakness. Chinese people hold that garlic chives harvested in the second month of the Chinese lunar calendar taste the best. As a result, garlic chives play an important role in the Chinese spring menu. For example, garlic chives fried with egg, a typical home-cooked dish, is especially popular in spring because of the superior taste of spring garlic chives. Owing to the warming and nourishing function of garlic chives, they are also used as ingredients complementary to “cold” food, such as shrimp and crabs. That’s why seafood is usually fried together with garlic chives in Chinese cuisine.
Awakening of Insects signals a rise in temperature and increased rainfall. As the third solar term in the lunar year, its name alludes to the fact that animals sleeping in winter are awakened by spring thunder and that the earth begins to come back to life. It is the key time for spring agricultural activities.
"Rain Water" (every year around 2/19 - around 3/5), and for the climate variation from year to year, we were in the 1st Qi of Year of Renyin (1/20/2022 - 3/19/2022).