Astragalus Root Slices

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The yellow, fibrous roots of astragalus are typically harvested after four years of plant growth. The sliced root adds a sweet, mildly earthy flavor to soups and teas (but remove the pieces before consuming like you would bay leaf).

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approximate cups to one pound113 pieces
active compoundsNumerous Saponins, Including Astragaloside, flavonoids, Polysaccharides, Minerals, Amino acids, Coumarins, Triterpene glycosides, Asparagine, Calycosin, Formononetin, Kumatakenin, Sterols.
plant part usedroot

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaAstragalus root has a woody appearance and smells a bit like freshly cut grass.
good vs badProperly stored, the dried root will keep for 3 years.


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culinaryAdd 2 or 3 pieces to simmering vegetable stocks, soups or stews (remove before eating).
aromaticSome people claim that the scent of dried astragalus root has a calming effect.
wellnessUse in teas, infusions and tonics. Astragalus root may also be tinctured.
safetyConsult a health care practitioner before using this herb if you take other medicines because astragalus is known to increase the effects of some agents or reduce the absorption of others.

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Astragalus root has a mild, pleasant flavor often described as earthy.

culinary companions

In cooking, it pairs well with most beans and vegetables, especially mushrooms and carrots.

what else you should know


In China, astragalus root is known as Huang Qi and is one of the “50 fundamental herbs” that are central to ancient Chinese healing formulas. In fact, five of the best known preparations formulated to enhance vital life energy include astragalus root.

Chinese herbal formulas largely consist of tonics, which may incorporate several botanicals. Carefully blended according to ancient wisdom, tonics are intended to promote a balance of the physiological and psychological aspects of the body’s systems and organs as opposed to suppressing one or more symptoms. Astragalus is a component of such tonics because of its association with promoting longevity and good health.

Background: Used in China for centuries according to records over 200 years old. Its Chinese name, Huang Qi, means "yellow leader" because of the yellow hue of the root. 

Description: Grown in China in sandy soil and lots of sunlight, its roots are collected after growing for four to seven years and dried when they're harvested in the spring. There are more than 2,000 types worldwide.  

Extract: Root is made into a liquid herbal extract by boiling the root and brewing into a tea.

Root: Sliced up, it can be added to liquid meals such as soups or chewed on like licorice. 

Safety: Do not use Astragalus if you suffer from skin disorders.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.