Serves 2 All the ingredients in this pungent vegetable dish contain compounds that help the immune system fight viruses, says James Duke, Ph.D., creator of this recipe and author of The Green Pharmacy (St. Martins). Gobo, the Japanese name for the herb burdock, is a blood purifier; the garlic and onions possess antibiotic properties.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

3 cups water
1 cup fresh burdock stems, chopped (or 1/2 cup dried burdock root)
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) okra, diced
1 teaspoon turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large saucepan, bring the water, burdock, onion, garlic and okra to a boil.

2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft.

3. Season with salt, pepper and turmeric.

Note: Burdock is inadvisable for pregnant women.