I have been trying to eat and cook a lot healthier lately and I came across an awesome superfood called goji berries. As they’ve gained popularity rather recently, I am sure you are wondering:
What do goji berries taste like?
I was definitely hesitant to try them out at first because they sound quite exotic, and I had heard not so good reviews about the taste, but you have to try everything at least once, right?
Here’s the lowdown on goji berries, how to prepare them, and why you should start eating this superfood – right now!
Where to Goji?
Goji berries are commonly grown in Asia, mainly in China and in the Himalayas of Tibet. You may also hear them being referred to by different names – Chinese wolfberries of Tibetan goji (source).
Nowadays, goji berries can be found in some well-stocked groceries – check out your local grocer’s health food section – or in most health food stores. These superfoods are all the rage now, so you should not have a hard time finding them in dried or powdered form. You may have to search a little bit harder for the fresh berries, though.
While goji berries are seeing a resurgence in popularity today, they have actually been around for centuries, used in ancient Chinese medicine.
- In Chinese medicine, goji berries are included in immune tonics and blood tonics (source) as they pack a powerful punch of vitamin C, boosting the immune system significantly (source).
- High in antioxidants, the berries are also anti-inflammatory.
- They are chockful of micronutrients like vitamin A and iron, and contain a complete set of the eight essential amino acids (source).
- A one-ounce serving of the berries has 4 grams of protein and three grams of fiber. They are also fat-free and low in calories. A combination of this is great for a regular bowel movement and promotes weight loss.
- Loaded with beta-carotene, the berries also promote good eyesight and healthy skin.
The legendary healing properties might be just that, however – a legend. There is no solid scientific evidence on the goji berry’s ability to cure cancer and reverse the effects of aging, so take those bigger claims with a grain of salt.
A Little Bit of Everything
Talking of salt, I bet you’re dying to know by now how these berries taste.…