Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum
- English: Lycium berry, Lycium chinese
- Unani: Chirchataa, Chirchitta, Chirchitaa, Kheechar Chirchataa
- Also, known as: Wolf berry, Gojo, Goji berry, Little red berry, Gangro, Ganger
Habitat: Europe & Asia
Parts Used: Fruit
Lycium barbarum, is native to Asia & Europe. It is said that Goji berries have been used over 2000 years according to Chinese history. The berries are dark red or light red or yellow or orangish and sweet in taste. The upper layer of the berry is wrinkled, and the inner part is fleshy with seeds. Berries can be seen in different sizes of 0.8 cm to 2 cm depends upon crop grade. The Goji berries are edible raw and can be cooked. Goji berries are considered a highly nutritional superfood because it has a large number of trace minerals. They are known to be beneficial to nourish the skin and hair. People in China also believe that Goji berry can promote longer life. Our Goji berries are in dried form. It is also available in fresh form in a Canadian Asian grocery store.
How to use:
Goji berries can be used several ways:
Raw: Primarily, eat them raw! A small handful a day will do.
Juice: Goji berries are also available in juice form.
Add to Soups: This has been a common use of goji berries in Chinese cuisine for thousands of years.
Tea: Goji berries can be used to brew in a tea. You can add a goji berries to a big glass of hot water and let sit and hydrate for 5 to 10 minutes. They become plump and juicy. You can drink the tea and eat the hydrated berries which are loaded with antioxidants.
Smoothies: Soak goji berries in water for 10 minutes. Once they are plump and juicy, add them to your favorite smoothie. It won’t make much of a change to the taste or consistency of your smoothie.
Trail Mix: You can also add goji berries to your favorite trail mix. Or, make your own by mixing your favorite nuts and dried fruit with some goji berries. Kids like it when you add some chocolate or peanut butter chips to the goji trail mix.
Goji Energy Bars: Blend a handful of goji berries together with cup of walnuts, ½ cup almonds, and 5-6 dates in a food processor. Roll the mix into balls or spread in a deep pan to make bars.
Cereal: Just like raisins, add some goji berries to your hot or cold cereals in the morning.
Muffins and Scones: Add goji berries to muffins or scones just as you would raisins.
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