Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:02

Goji berries

Goji berries (wolf berries) have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and have just recently become one of the new ‘in’ power foods, highly praised and much talked about by health food gurus and celebrities alike. Like all berries, goji berries are high in antioxidants. They also contain a lot of vitamin B and C, beta carotene and potassium and 18 kinds of amino acids.

What exactly are goji berries?

They are delicate red berries, traditionally grown in the Himalayan valleys of China, Mongolia and Tibet, as well as in the Xingjiang and Ningxia provinces of China. They are available as juices, teas, capsules, goji berry crunch bars and granola cereals with goji berries. I am yet to include them in a meal at Mary’s Dinner Club, but their flavor is comparable to that of cranberries – some say the taste is a cross between a strawberry and raspberry. It’s best to buy a handful at your local health food shop and try for yourself. You can enjoy them as a snack, dried or re-hydrated in water and use them in your cooking just like you would other berries.

Ideas for using goji berries in your recipes:

  • In salads – for example with avocado, carrots, potato, pasta or rice salad, kale or spinach
  • In soups – sprinkled on top or rehydrated in the soup
  • In yogurt or cheese dips – with spinach or fresh herbs
  • In hot dishes like curries or vegetable, meat or chicken stews
  • In side dishes like couscous, rice, pasta, buckwheat or quinoa
  • In sweet dishes like mueslis, cereal, baked goods, porridge, fruit salads, trail mix
  • In drinks – teas, juices and smoothies
  • In sauces – sweet or savory, dehydrated and mixed into a vinaigrette or sauce in a blender

Coconut sauce with goji berries for desserts or as a salad dressing

  • 1/2 cup Tibetan Goji berries, soaked, with soak water
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • Enough coconut milk or coconut water to blend into a smooth consistency

Store in refrigerator (will keep for up to 3 days)

Lettuce salad with avocado and goji berries

  • 1 head lettuce, rinsed, shredded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted & chopped
  • 1 handful of Goji Berries
  • 1 handful of Fresh Herbs
  • 1 handful of Cashew or hazelnuts

For the dressing:

  • ¼ Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Mix all

If you want some more ideas for experimenting with goji berries, you may like Goji Berries: The ultimate recipe guide 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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