Goji Berries

In ancient China, the goji berry was called “gouqui”, pronounced “goo-chi”, which means wolfberry, and from there it changed to goji berry. In this country, it is known as “Früchte des Gemeinen Bocksdorns”. This “fruit of longevity” has a thousand-year-old tradition in Chinese medicine, because it promises longevity and a strong immune system. Its effect is demonstrated by numerous studies today.

Qualities
A look at this berry’s ingredients will show that it contributes to a balanced diet. It contains macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and soluble dietary fiber) and more than 20 vitamins and trace elements such as vitamin B + C, zinc and iron. In addition, minerals and amino acids (including the 8 essential) account for 10% of the composition.

Taste And Appearance
The goji berry’s flavor is like a mix of a raisin and a cranberry. It has a strong sweetness with a slightly bitter note. The goji berry is bright red and has the shape of an elongated, solid raisin.

Use
The berry is often available in dried form, which gives it a more concentrated and increased nutrient density. When buying goji berries, look for ones that are from certified organic cultivation, and contain no pesticides, preservatives or sugar. Goji berries are also available in the form of powder, juice or frozen fruit. Thanks to its mild taste, it can be combined with many things like fruits, vegetables, nuts and chocolate at breakfast, as a snack, in salads, etc. The goji berry is especially good in smoothies, with just a handful of berries giving a smoothie an extra kick.

Sources:
Morris, Julie (2014): Das Buch der Superfood Smoothies. 100 Rezepte für leckerere Powerdrinks. Deutsche Erstausgabe. Königsfurt-Urania Verlag GmbH. Krummwisch bei Kiel.
Morris, Julie (2014): Das Beste aus der Natur. Superfood Küche. Deutsche Erstausgabe. Königsfurt-Urania Verlag GmbH. Krummwisch bei Kiel.

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