berries, also known as wolfberries or by their scientific name of
are a reddish-orange berry with a sweet and sour flavor. One variety
of goji berries tastes almost like a tomato while another leans more
toward the tangy side of the berry family—closer to a
cranberry. Goji berries have long been used as a central ingredient
in traditional Chinese medicine, and the vast majority of goji
berries sold in the United States are dried and imported from China.
Are Goji Berries?
to Asia, goji berries grow on vines and look a bit like tiny grape
tomatoes; like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, they belong
to the nightshade family. Goji berries aren't easy to find fresh in
the United States, though. When you do come across them, you can
expect to pay a hefty price.
to Use Goji Berries
goji berries are readily available and easy to use in smoothies and
raw vegan elixirs. If you don't have a powerful blender, you may want
to rehydrate them first in a little water or apple juice to soften
them before you blend them. Goji berry powder is also available and
can be stirred directly into juices, herbal teas, or even just water.
goji berries make a sweet and tangy topping for desserts or breakfast
bowls, can be added to baked goods ranging from cupcakes to homemade
energy bars, and add a punch of flavor and texture to granola.
They make an interesting addition to trail mix, add a wonderful zest
to a salad, and give flavor and texture to everything from salsas to
soups and casseroles.
Do They Taste Like?
dried goji berries frequently found in health food stores are
generally the more berry-flavored variety, although you wouldn't call
them sweet. The flavor is tart and sour, kind of like a cranberry,
with an almost herbal note. Dried goji berries should be chewy but
still just slightly soft. The higher water content of fresh goji
berries dilutes its tartness, less like cranberry flavor, and a more
like tomato flavor.
berries are high in antioxidants, giving them anti-inflammatory
properties and helping to protect the body from free radicals.
1-ounce serving contains 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber,
plus all nine of the essential amino acids humans don't produce and
thus need to obtain from food sources.
traditional Chinese medicine, goji tea is used as an immune-boosting
tonic and blood-health tonic. Goji berries are frequently touted for
their anti-aging properties as well,
you been wondering about the health benefits of goji
goji juice? Some claim that the goji berry is a fountain of youth
time, people have used goji berries to try to treat many common
health problems like diabetes,
fever, and age-related eye
Goji berries, which some brand a “superfood,” are eaten
raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas,
juices, wines, and medicines.
Benefits of Goji Berries
berries are rich in nutrients. Some early studies using goji berry
juice found possible benefits that included:
feeling of well-being and calmness
boost to your immune system
berries are good for you. It's not clear whether goji berries are
better than other types of berries or if goji berry supplements would
have the same health benefits as the berries themselves.
berries offer plenty of vitamins and minerals such as:
also a good source of protein and antioxidants.
Berry Risks and Side Effects
berries could interact with some drugs. If you take warfarin
you may want to avoid them. Goji berries may also interact with
so talk with your doctor first.
it's probably safe to eat goji berries in moderation.
with your doctor before taking any diet