A recent news item here in the UK was that fresh goji berries were now becoming available to buy in supermarkets.
Up to now, it has only been possible to buy them dried.
On this side of the pond, fresh goji berries come from Morocco in North Africa. They obviously need a very warm climate. And in spite of summers becoming warmer here in the UK, goji berries are not a commercial possibility - yet.
When we took over our allotment plot
some five years ago, there were several large goji berry plants growing close together, forming a hedge.
But in spite of our best efforts with providing food, water and plenty of sunshine, the plants only produced a few flowers and even fewer small orange berries with a less than pleasant taste.
We finally gave up at the end of last summer and removed them all to replace with something more successful!
Why are goji berries good for you?
There are several health benefits
from including goji berries in your diet:
- They contain high levels of betacarotene, boosting eye health and vision.
- That same betacarotene also improves the immune system, the skin and the mucus membranes.
- Goji berries are a good source of calcium and iron.
- They are rich in vitamin A.
What do goji berries look like?
They look rather like slightly oversized red raisins or very miniature tomatoes.
Why are fresh goji berries superior to the dried version?
They are much sweeter when fresh and can be treated like raisins or other fresh berries.
Mix them into your breakfast cereal or yogurt for extra sweetness.
Goji berries can even be used as a tasty addition to your traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner
Other ways to eat fresh or dried goji berries
Or plump up your goji berries by placing in a saucepan with water and boiling for 5 to 10 minutes before draining them. And the result? Your goji berries will be bigger and tender - and ready to use in different ways.
- Eat them raw.
- Add them to a trail mix. Replace the dried fruit in your trail mix with dried goji berries. Add them to homemade granola bars or oatmeal.
- Juice the goji berries. Blend goji berries into a smoothie or use a juicer to liquidate the berries. Drink the juice on its own or mix it with other fruits for a nutrient-rich beverage.
- Mix them with your baked goods. Like blueberry muffins, use dried goji berries to make goji berry muffins. Add them to your baked bread and scones or use them as a cupcake topping.