The goji berry is already in muesli, muffins or nibbles with nuts and fruits. It has a positive effect on our immune system and contains valuable vitamins and vital substances.
The healthy goji berry in dried form belongs to the superfood. (Photo by: tashka2000 / Depositphotos.com)
Goji berries - the bright red superfood from China
The incredible benefits of goji berry have been known in Tibet and China for thousands of years.
Thanks to their high quality composition and medicinal properties, goji berries are an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine.
The Goji berry is considered a lucky berry or red diamond in Asia.
According to an old legend, the water of a fountain in a Buddhist temple was interspersed with fallen goji berries from nearby plants.
Legend has it that drinking this water led to energy, beauty and well-being. To this day, the delicious, bright red fruits have the status of a real superfood thanks to their numerous ingredients.
What are goji berries?
- The red fruits come from China, Tibet and other parts of Asia and were imported into western countries in the 18th century.
- They are small and have a bright red color when dry.
- Common buckthorn fruit usually grows in subtropical regions due to soil and temperature.
- It is considered an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. The berries are low in calories, fat-free and high in fiber.
- In a scientific analysis, researchers discovered that the goji berry contains all essential amino acids.
Effect & nutrients
The goji berry is one of the most nutritious fruits in the world! The handy red fruits offer a variety of high-quality ingredients and medicinal properties. Goji berries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and other ingredients, including:
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C
- a wide range of the 9 essential amino acids
- Minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese
- Proteins, complex carbohydrates and fiber
- Phytonutrients such as carotenoids, zeaxanthin, luthein, beta-carotene and lycopene
- healthy unsaturated fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid
- Flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, hesperidin and rutin
Most scientific studies on goji berries focus on their medicinal properties. The various effects include:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improvement of general well-being
- Increased memory and ability to concentrate
- Reduce stress and sleep problems
- Anti-aging support
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
Season and taste
The dried goji berry goes well with a cereal bowl for breakfast. (Photo by: nata_vkusidey / Depositphotos.com)
- The goji berry is the fruit of the common wolfberry. This is a deciduous shrub that usually grows up to four meters high.
- They bloom between early June and late September. The fruits of the wolfberry are bright red to orange and reach heights of four to twelve millimeters.
- The berries ripen from August to October and are harvested by hand during this period.
- Their taste is strongly reminiscent of raisins, which are naturally sweet and have a light herbal taste.
Shelf life and storage
Goji berries are comparable to raisins and can be kept for up to over a year if stored properly.
In order to prevent a loss of quality, the berries must be stored dry and cool in an airtight container.
Use in the kitchen
- The goji berry can be eaten raw and dried.
- The dried berries are a delicious ingredient for every muesli.
- They are suitable for the preparation of tasty hot drinks and tea.
- They go well with oriental dishes such as chutneys or meat dishes.
- The goji berry goes perfectly with fruit salads and smoothies.
- They give juices, sweet desserts and sauces a special aroma.
If you buy the Asian miracle fruit, you should definitely pay attention to organic quality. The many healthy ingredients rightly make the goji berry a superfood.
If you do not want to import them or react intolerably to them, you can also use local fruits and berries.