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What Do You Mean by Stone Soup?

What Do You Mean by Stone Soup?

What Do You Mean by Stone Soup? Starving people can be pretty creative at finding food—even eating the crust from rocks. Lichen called rock tripe makes an unusual soup, and another bitter lichen gives Icelanders a nutritious flour.

Lichen is actually two kinds of things growing together—fungi and tiny plants related to the seaweed. By teaming up, they thrive where very few plants can live.

They are edible when properly prepared and have been used as a famine food in extreme cases when other food sources were unavailable, as by early American northern explorers. Actually, rock tripe fed George Washington’s starving troops at Valley Forge. So now we know what do you mean by stone soup.

What is stone soup made of? Combine the stock, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots, onion, garlic, and ham hock in a large soup pot. Add the stone, if using. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the soup is thick and the vegetables are fork-tender, about 2 hours.

Can just eating soup make you lose weight? Soup is healthy, makes you feel full and moreover, is easy to make. But there is another reason that can tempt you to add this healthy dish to your diet: It aids weight loss! According to experts, eating a bowl of low-calorie soup before your meal helps to cut down calories and aids weight loss.

Content for this question contributed by Shawn Wilson, resident of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA