Astragalus membranaceus, a member of the fabaceae, or pea family native to Northern China and Mongolia, is now cultivated worldwide. It has been used in herbal medicine for more than 2,000 years, and is considered one of the 20 most important herbs used in Traditional Chinese medicine. In North America, the herb has gained a well-deserved reputation as an enhancer of overall energy and endurance.
Its earthy sweetness and warmth are deeply replenishing to both the body and the palate. In China, the long roots are cooked into soups and stews to create a rich broth that restores vigor to the body.