What Are Goji Berries?
Goji berries are small, bright red fruits of the Lycium barbarum shrub that’s native to China. First used by the Tibetans in China to treat various ailments, goji berries have been a part of Eastern cuisine and medicine for over 2,000 years. In Chinese mythology, goji berries are known as the fruit of immortality. Even today, Chinese medicine uses goji berries to treat the liver, immune system, circulation problems, and more. Goji berries may also be referred to by alternate names such as western snowberries and wolfberries.
Known as the anti-aging fruit, goji berries are a darling of the superfood world. Packed with powerful antioxidants, they offer benefits for the skin, immune system, and more. These 100% natural dried red goji berries are grown in the vast Himalayan Mountain region. Naturally sweet and chewy, these non-GMO delights are simply delicious. Sprinkle goji berries on oatmeal, serve them in tea, or snack on them out of the bag.
What Do Goji Berries Taste Like?
Dried goji berries have a mild sweetness and are slightly chewy, which makes them perfect for snacking or using in beverages and recipes.
How to Use Goji Berries in Recipes
1) Teas, smoothies & other beverages – Reconstitute goji berries by soaking them in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes, until they become plump and chewy. When the goji berry is reconstituted, it takes on a hearty sweetness and is wonderful in beverages.
2) Goji Berry Parfait – For this single serving parfait, you’ll need 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup granola, 1/4 cup soaked goji berries, and 1/4 cup fresh berries. In a tall glass, layer one-third of the yogurt, half of the granola and all of the fresh berries. Repeat layers with the goji berries this time. Finish with the remaining yogurt.
3) Goji Trail Mix – Combine 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup goji berries, 1/3 cup dried blueberries, and 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips in a bowl. Place 1/4 cup in baggies and enjoy as an on-the-go snack!
4) Baked Goods – After combining all the ingredients for your batter, fold in 3/4 cup soaked goji berries in place of blueberries, chocolate chips, or similar add-ins. Bake according to recipe instructions.
5) Other Uses – Goji berries make a sweet and healthy snack on their own, and are also delicious as a topping for oatmeal or cereal. Toss them in salads or let them soak in soups for a chewy treat. Goji berries are also delightful in quinoa, rice, and other grain dishes.