Maundy Thursday soup is a simple but tasty herbal soup. It is one of the Lenten foods before Easter. No meat may be eaten during Lent. But at this time of year in the spring grow the first fresh herbs. From it is prepared a soup. Important in terms of Easter is the use of 9 native herbs. The number 9 is derived from the magic number 3 and the triplication of the Christian Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Harz Mountains, the soup is known as “Neunkräutersuppe”.
All herbs, in addition to the ingredients, also had a mystical significance. Thus, the dandelion fulfills wishes, chives keep away evil spirits, sorrel makes a good mood, with chervil the future becomes clearer and daisies bring good luck.
A wide variety of fresh herbs can be used for the Maundy Thursday soup. The 9th herb is daisies, which are draped decoratively on the soup. During preparation, a simple roux or roux is prepared, which is topped up with broth. The finely chopped herbs are poured over the hot broth and pureed. Thus, many ingredients and their beneficial healing effects are preserved. Especially in spring, this soup is often used for a fasting cure.
Depending on the season, the ingredients of the fresh herbs just available vary. Since the soup is prepared quickly and easily, it is also suitable as a chilled herbal soup in the summer.
What herbs can you use for a Maundy Thursday soup?
Suggestions for the use of herbs and their effects.
Effect: antibacterial, blood purifying
Contains: Vitamin C and A, iodine
Effect: appetizing, detoxifying, diaphoretic
Contains: Vitamin C, bitter substances
Effect: in disease of respiratory organs,wound healing
Contains: Vitamin C and B, potassium, zinc
Effect: digestive, blood purifying, diuretic
Contains: Beta-carotene, Calcium, Potassium
Effect: antibacterial, antifungal, tonic, deacidifying.
Contains: Vitamin C and A, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, essential oils
Effect: blood purifying, diuretic, against impure skin, for loss of appetite
Contains: essential oils, bitter substances
Belief: The flowers are said to drive away evil spirits.
Effect: detoxifying, blood purifying, antibacterial, digestive
Contains: essential oils, vitamin C, iron, magnesium
Effect: diuretic, diuretic
Contains: a lot of vitamin C, B and E, folic acid,iron, calcium, magnesium
Contains: Vitamin C and A, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium
Effect: diuretic, hematopoietic, blood purifier
Contains: Beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron
Effect: for rheumatism
Contains: Potassium, silica, vitamins A and C, magnesium, and phosphorus
Effect: blood purifying, appetizing, digestive
Contains: Vitamin A and C
Ingredients & Shopping list
- 2 small onions
- 75 g butter
- 100 g flour
- 1,5 l chicken or vegetable broth (lukewarm)
- 1 hanful ach of leaves from 8 different fresh herbs (e.g. nettle, chives, sorrel, burnet, watercress, dandelion, flat-leaf parsley, ribwort)
- some flowers of the daisies
TIP: More herb suggestions in this post.
- Make a roux/roux with the flour and butter. To do this, melt the butter and briefly sauté the onions in it until translucent. Add the flour. Stir constantly until a dry mass is formed. Reduce the heat. Now gradually add the liquid and: Stir until all the liquid is used up. If the consistency is still too thick, add more broth or even milk. Simmer everything for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Coarsely chop the herbs and place in a bowl.
- Add the soup and puree everything finely.
- Arrange the herb soup in deep plates and put the 9th herb, the goosebumps, on top. Alternatively, other edible flowers can be used such as nasturtium or violets.
Tips & Hints
Many of the listed wild herbs are also available in garden centers and can be cultivated in the garden or on the balcony itself.
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