The Amazing Goji Berry

Goji berries, also called wolfberries, are the fruits of the Lycium barbarum and Lycium Chinese plants. Native to southeastern Europe and Asia, these fruits are characterized by their bright orange-red color and raisin-like shape. They are nick named “Red Diamonds” due to their unusually high nutritional value. They are definitely a “Super Food.” The health Benefits are amazing. The goji berry contains approximately 500 times more vitamin C per weight than an orange and considerably more beta-carotene than carrots. Since the goji berry is an  antioxidant it helps neutralize the cell-damaging effects of free radicals. By eating more antioxidant-rich foods like goji berries it can help guard us from degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and most types of cancer.  This “super food” can also help with deteriorating eyesight. Research shows that significantly raised zeaxanthin levels in the blood (zeaxanthin is an antioxidant present in goji berries that helps preserve eyesight).
According to Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Growing Goji Berry:

You can grow Goji Berries/Wolfberries in Pots on the patio, as shrubbery around the house, in a small garden, vines will grow to over ten feet in length. Plants can be trimmed as a bush, with adult plants requiring as little as four square feet of space. Wolfberry pruning is simple and easy to do. If you live in an area that has frost you can plant any time during the summer and even the fall as long as you have enough days for it to set some roots. Then mulch heavy and the root should spring up in spring. When Watering newly planted Goji Berry keep them moist until there is 6-8 inches of new growth. Then watering can be cut back. Mature plants in sandy soil should be watered more often than with heavy soil. Watering on the foliage may harm the fruit blossoms. It is better to water just the roots. Depending on the climate, if there is not regular rainfall, mature plants may need to be watered once every two weeks with an inch or more of water. Once these plants are established, they are very drought tolerant. The plants prefer full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but will not produce as much fruit. Insects and pests do not seem to be a problem, however fruit eating birds love the berries. You may need to cover the plants with netting. Deer and rabbits do not seem to like these plants Either. 

 

 A lot of people don’t know how to really incorporate Goji Berries into their diets. Here are just a few ways to help get this amazing food in your system.

Soak in water to create “goji tea”

When soaked in water — either cold or hot — goji berries swell and release nutrients into the water. They’ve been used for thousands of years in China to make a nutrition-rich “fruity” tea. goji tea

 

 

 

Bake into muffins and breads

goji berry mufffin Although goji berries are more nutrient dense when consumed raw,  they still pack an impressive nutritional profile when baked. This means  you can mix them into recipes for breads, energy bars, muffins and  more… 

 

 

Blend into fruit smoothies

Simply take some organic fresh or frozen fruit, blend it with your favorite milk , then add in a scoop of goji berries.goji berry smoothie You can also  add chia seeds, pomegranate powder, camu camu powder, protein powders. 

 

 

 

 

 

Goji Berry Cookies:

goji cookieBanana
Oats
Goji Berries or Raisins
Agave Syrup
Coconut Oil
Cinnamon
Flaked Almonds to put on top

Method for Banana, Oats & Goji Berry Cookies:
-Mash & mix all together
-Pour spoon full of dollops onto the tray
-Pop in he oven for about 15 mins

It does not get easier than this!

So many amazing ways to eat this Amazing berry and incorporate into your Diet. Legend has it that one herbalist who ate plenty of goji berries lived to be 252 years old! ; ) 

Per 1 oz (28 grams) of dried goji berries:

Calories 

100 kcal 

Total Fat 

0 grams 

Protein 

4 grams 

Carbohydrate 

21 grams 

Sugars

13 grams 

Fibre 

3 grams 

Sodium 

75 milligrams 

Vitamin A 

140% DV 

Vitamin C 

20% DV 

Calcium 

4% DV 

Iron 

10% DV